Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    By Geoffrey Colvin
Expanding on a landmark cover story in "Fortune," a top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance.
One of the most popular "Fortune" articles in many years was a cover story called ?What It Takes to Be Great.? Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field--from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch--are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.
And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness.
Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business?negotiating deals, evaluating financial statements, and all the rest?obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.
This new mind-set, combined with Colvin's practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career?and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do.

NEWS: In the Books - Off to the Printers VII

Posted January 7, 2010, 10:15 PM with category of General Business
In today's installment of past articles from In the Books, we have something from Robert Morris—an independent management consultant and one of the most knowledgeable business book reviewers in the country. In the essay below, he discusses the best leadership books of 2008. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ Real-World Lessons in Leadership BY ROBERT MORRIS The authors of the best leadership books published in 2008 draw heavily upon a wealth of real-world information, both their own and others’, notably corporate executives and leaders in other fields. Read more

NEWS: Tweet-a-tweet-Tweet Recap

Posted May 1, 2009, 7:05 PM with category of General Business
We posted quite a bit over on twitter this week. We tried pulling together what we saw people saying about business books, recommendations for business books and some ideas around the future of publishing at large. Here is the what we found: # Authors 4 #followfriday @gladwell @stevenbJohnson @danielpink @alanmwebber @jack_welch @suzywelch @johncmaxwell @tonyrobbins @Rich_Dad about 4 hours ago from web # RT @TalentAcquisit The Art of War by Sun Tzu is 1 of the best business strategy books. Read more

NEWS: Portfolio's Year in Review

Posted March 5, 2009, 8:46 PM with category of General Business
Portfolio publisher Adrian Zackheim posted a year in review from that house's perspective on Monday that stands out as a beacon of hope amidst all the publishing gloom of late. (As you all probably know, Portfolio is the publisher of The 100 Best. ) Adrian sums up 2008 as follows: Despite reduced store traffic through the year, Portfolio reported topline sales growth of 22% and gross margin growth of more than 50%. Read more

NEWS: The 2008 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards - Personal Development

Posted December 8, 2008, 3:18 PM with category of General Business
The books on our 2008 shortlist for the Personal Development Category are: Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever (Bantam, February 2008) In this sequel to Women Don't Ask, which shared surprising evidence that women are often unknowingly complicit in their lack of career opportunities because they do not ask for raises, bonuses and other advantages that men do, Babcock and Laschever offer a practical guide for improving your asking skills. Populated with personal stories and how-to advice, Ask for It will be useful to help you (any person of any gender) get what you want. Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life by Stewart D. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Authors in the Press

Posted October 27, 2008, 4:11 PM with category of General Business
Marci Alboher of The New York Times recently conducted a Q&A session with Guy Kawasaki via email. One exchange for you entrepreneurs: Q. What is your advice to entrepreneurs seeking funding or growth opportunities if the credit and capital markets continue on their current course? Read more


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