The Talent Code

Author: Daniel Coyle
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553906496
Release Date: 2009-04-28
Genre: Self-Help

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others. Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism. Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything. • Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice. • Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development. • Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students. These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished. Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.

The Little Book of Talent

Author: Daniel Coyle
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780345536693
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Self-Help

A manual for building a faster brain and a better you! The Little Book of Talent is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?” Praise for The Little Book of Talent “The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit “It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”—Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence

The Culture Code

Author: Daniel Coyle
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780804176989
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Business & Economics

"A toolkit for building a cohesive, innovative and successful group culture, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code. Daniel Coyle spent three years researching the question of what makes a successful group tick, visiting some of the world's most productive groups--including Pixar, Navy SEALs, Zappos, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs. Coyle discovered that high-performing groups relentlessly generate three key messages that enable them to excel: 1) Safety - we are connected. 2) Shared Risk - we are vulnerable together. 3) Purpose - we are part of the same story. Filled with first-hand reporting, fascinating science, compelling real-world stories, and leadership tools that can apply to businesses, schools, sports, families, and any kind of group, The Culture Code will revolutionize how you think about creating and sustaining successful groups"--

Practice Perfect

Author: Doug Lemov
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119422334
Release Date: 2018-01-24
Genre: Business & Economics

Rules for developing talent with disciplined, deliberate, intelligent practice We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness—wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen—we'd spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead. This book puts practice on the front burner of all who seek to instill talent and achievement in others as well as in themselves. This is a journey to understand that practice, not games, makes champions. In this book, the authors engage the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it’s not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The “how-to” rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice. Discover new ways to think about practice. Learn how to design successful practice. Apply practice across a wide range of realms, both personal and professional The authors include specific activities to jump-start practice Doug Lemov is the best-selling author of Teach Like a Champion A hands-on resource to practice, the rules within will help to create positive outliers and world-changing reservoirs of talent.

The Gold Mine Effect

Author: Rasmus Ankersen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781848314238
Release Date: 2012-07-05
Genre: Business & Economics

'A great read and a fascinating insight into performance.' Sir Clive Woodward We all want to discover our hidden talents and make an impact with them. But how? Rasmus Ankersen, an ex-footballer and performance specialist, quit his job and for six intense months lived with the world's best athletes in an attempt to answer this question. Why have the best middle distance runners grown up in the same Ethiopian village? Why are the leading female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Kingston, Jamaica, succeed in producing so many world-class sprinters? Ankersen presents his surprising conclusions in seven lessons on how anyone - or any business, organisation or team - can defy the many misconceptions of high performance and learn to build their own gold mine of real talent.

Genius Explained

Author: Michael J. A. Howe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521008492
Release Date: 2001-05-31
Genre: Psychology

This study controversially suggests genius is made not born by tracing the lives of famous figures.

Bounce

Author: Matthew Syed
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061991394
Release Date: 2010-04-20
Genre: Business & Economics

In the vein of the international bestselling Freakonomics, award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to success—in sports, business, school, and just about anything else that you’d want to be great at. Fans of Predictably Irrational and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point will find many interesting and helpful insights in Bounce.

The Secret Race

Author: Tyler Hamilton
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780345530431
Release Date: 2012-09-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

“The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”—Outside NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD The Secret Race is the book that rocked the world of professional cycling—and exposed, at long last, the doping culture surrounding the sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong. Former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists—and a member of Lance Armstrong’s inner circle. Over the course of two years, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive page-turner of a book that takes us deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to win that they would do almost anything to gain an edge. For the first time, Hamilton recounts his own battle with depression and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. This edition features a new Afterword, in which the authors reflect on the developments within the sport, and involving Armstrong, over the past year. The Secret Race is a courageous, groundbreaking act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France. With a new Afterword by the authors. “Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews “[An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date.”—The New York Times “ ‘If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book.”—Sports Illustrated “Explosive.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)

Leave Better Than Found

Author: Taylor Jannsen
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 9781329822740
Release Date: 2016-01-16
Genre: Self-Help

We each have the power to live a life of purpose, significance, and happiness. Regardless of the circumstances we have faced, are facing, or will face, we have control of the direction we want our lives to go. Our attitude, actions, and influence link together to create our personal legacy. Leave Better Than Found isn’t a magic formula or complicated equation, but rather a mission that is capable of positively transforming the life of any individual. We may not change the world in its entirety, but we each have the ability to entirely change our world and impact the lives of those in it. Don’t wait until tomorrow to be everything you were made to be today.

Understanding creativity

Author: Jane Piirto
Publisher: Great Potential Pr Inc
ISBN: 0910707588
Release Date: 2003-11-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

READ ABOUT COMMON TRAITS of architects, musicians, scientists, writers, artists, and more. In this highly readable yet comprehensive book, parents and teachers will find many suggestions for enhancing creativity.

The Sports Gene

Author: David Epstein
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101622636
Release Date: 2013-08-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The New York Times bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

The Fortune Cookie Principle

Author: Bernadette Jiwa
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1489583947
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics

"This should be the next book you read. Urgent, leveraged and useful, it will change your business like nothing else." SETH GODIN —Author The Icarus Deception It's not how good you are. It's how well you tell your story. Big corporations might have huge marketing and advertising budgets but you've got a story. Your brand story isn't just what you tell people. It's what they believe about you based on the signals your brand sends. The Fortune Cookie Principle is a brand building framework and communication strategy consisting of 20 keys that enable you to begin telling your brand's story from the inside out. It's the foundation upon which you can differentiate your brand and make emotional connections with the kind of clients and customers you want to serve. The most successful brands in the world don't behave like commodities and neither should you. A great brand story will make you stand out, increase brand awareness, create customer loyalty and power profits. Isn't it time to gave your customers a story to tell? The Fortune Cookie Principle will show you how. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE FORTUNE COOKIE PRINCIPLE "It's so easy to overcomplicate what great brands and new businesses need to do to resonate with their consumers. The simple questions asked in this book help you to de-mystify that process. It encourages you to think beyond what you do to why you do it and why that matters to your customers. Had this been available when I was driving Sales and Marketing Capabilities in my past corporate life at Cadbury Schweppes, this would have been recommended reading. Now I'm an entrepreneur I simply apply these principles each and every day." Wendy Wilson Bett—Co-Founder Peter's Yard "Yes, you need a great product, but without a compelling story, success is improbable. The 'Fortune Cookie Principle' is an easy-to-read guide that will help any marketer or business owner begin to ask the right questions about the stories they tell. Bernadette includes dozens of examples and questions to get your storytelling ship in the right order. Let's face it...telling compelling stories to attract and retain customers is not easy. Most brand marketers are not great storytellers. This book will give you a new perspective on your marketing, and help you move from talking about yourself to talking about things your customers actually care about. Then, and only then, will your marketing actually work in today's consumer-led economy." Joe Pulizzi—Founder Content Marketing Institute "The wisdom in this book is better than any fortune. Read and apply!" Chris Guillebeau—Author $100 Startup “This book is an inspiration. Bernadette ignites real-world experience with a true passion for helping businesses move to the next level.” Mark Schaefer—Author Return on Influence "Full of inspiring stories about what makes businesses unique (and successful) in today's supersaturated markets." David Airey—Author Work For Money, Design For Love. “If you're someone who cares about why you do what you do and how you do it, this book is for you.” Tina Roth Eisenberg—Founder of Tattly

The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance

Author: K. Anders Ericsson
Publisher: Cambridge Handbooks in Psychol
ISBN: 9781107137554
Release Date: 2018-05-17
Genre: Psychology

In this book, some of the world's foremost 'experts on expertise' provide scientific knowledge on expertise and expert performance.