Author: Ashley Merryman
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Compete better... In a competitive situation our bodies can experience the same level of stress hormones as jumping out of a plane. Competition is often the key to outstanding achievement. But what is it that makes the difference between rising to the challenge and buckling under pressure? Using groundbreaking studies in diverse scientific fields, Bronson and Merryman demonstrate that understanding how to harness our competitive fire means we can perform our best – whether the contest is sporting, academic or in the workplace. Why are men typically prepared to gamble on long or even stupid odds and women aren’t? Why do some less talented students consistently outperform their smarter class mates in crucial exams? Why do higher levels of testosterone actually make you less selfish and more cooperative and cognitively astute? Why do so many market-leading companies cede their top position because they become risk averse at the wrong times? Why do sports teams where the pay differential between players is the greatest win more? The answer to all this and more is in New York Times no.1 bestselling authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's Top Dog:The Science of Winning and Losing ‘A great read for those paralyzed by the fear of failure as well as thosewho hunger for success’ Huffington Post
In Top Dog, Po Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of great triumphs - and tragic failures. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, bringing together its members for events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
The successful self-published author of The Sales Leaders Playbook writes his first mainstream leadership book There are enormous differences between managing and coaching. Yet many companies and organizations encourage their leaders to coach teams without ever teaching them how and without creating a culture that supports coaching. Nathan Jamail—a leading consultant, professional speaker, and the president of his own group of businesses—trains coaches at several Fortune 500 companies and learned that it takes not only different skills to achieve success, but a truly effective coach needs an organizational culture that creates and multiplies the success of every motivated team member. The Leadership Playbook shows leaders the skills necessary to be an effective coach and to build effective teams by: Fostering employees’ belief in the culture of a company Resolving issues proactively rather than reactively and creating an involvement that constantly pushes employees to be their best Focusing on the more humane principles of leadership—gratitude, positivity, and recognition—that keep morale high Holding teams and individuals accountable Constantly recruiting talent ("building the bench") rather than filling positions only when they are empty Combining research, interviews, and inspiring stories with the lessons that have earned Jamail the respect of the world’s foremost corporations including CISCO, FedEx, Sprint, the U.S. Army, and State Farm; The Leadership Playbook will dominate the category for years to come.
Are we adequately preparing students for life beyond school doors? Schools teach students not to be competitive and never to fail. Yet in the real world, people compete for jobs, and they often fail many times before reaching success. In this thought-provoking book, authors Johnson and Sessions describe 20 skills that are overlooked in schools and in educational standards but that are crucial to real-world success. They describe how you can develop these skills in your students, no matter what subject area or grade level you teach. You’ll learn how to promote leadership; allow competition; encourage meaningful engagement; help students find their voice; incorporate edutainment and pop culture; motivate towards excellence hold students accountable and responsible; foster perseverance and the ability to learn from failure; teach effective communication; and much more! Each chapter includes insightful research, thought-provoking stories, and practical strategies that you can take back to your own classroom.
Author: Po Bronson
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2013-06-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Entrepreneurs and tech wizards, immigrants and investors, dreamers and visionaries are heading West to seek their fortune.Their Mecca is Silicon Valley - where one person can achieve so much with just initiative, talent and a good idea. Meet David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo and worth over $500 million, who still sleeps under his desk one night a week. Meet the 26 year-old who is already on his fifth start-up venture. Meet the man with the biggest brain in the world. Meet the nudist who works the late shift.