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Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? Most of us think we know the answer-but we're almost always wrong. That's important, because if we're wrong on this crucial question, then we have zero change of getting significantly better at anything we care about.
Geoff Colvin, Fortune's senior editor at large, writes its popular column, "Value Driven". He lectures widely and is the regular lead moderator for the Fortune Global Forum. He also offers daily business commentary on the CBS Radio Network. His latest book is The Upside of the Downturn (Portfolio, June 2009)
Table of Contents
|The Mystery||p. 1|
|Great performance is more valuable than ever-but where does it really come from?|
|Talent Is Overrated||p. 17|
|Confronting the unexpected facts about innate abilities|
|How Smart Do You Have to Be?||p. 36|
|The true role of intelligence and memory in high achievement|
|A Better Idea||p. 52|
|An explanation of great performance that makes sense|
|What Deliberate Practice Is and Isn't||p. 65|
|For starters, it isn't what most of us do when we're "practicing"|
|How Deliberate Practice Works||p. 84|
|The specific ways it changes us, and how that makes all the difference|
|Applying the Principles in Our Lives||p. 105|
|The opportunities are many-if we think about our work in a new way|
|Applying the Principles in Our Organizations||p. 126|
|Few do it well, and most don't do it at all; the sooner you start, the better|
|Performing Great at Innovation||p. 145|
|How the principles we've learned take us past the myths of creativity|
|Great Performance in Youth and Age||p. 167|
|The extraordinary benefits of starting early and continuing on and on|
|Where Does the Passion Come From?||p. 187|
|Understanding the deepest question about great performance|
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