Talent Is Overrated

What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
By Geoff Colvin
252 Pages

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Years ago, I participated in an event in Atlanta where Geoff interviewed me in front of several hundred diversity and inclusion practitioners. Over the years, I’ve been interviewed quite a lot and I found his questions to be a very big “cut above” an everyday interview. As I read his book, I also found his work to be a very big “cut above” similar work in this area. I was looking for some writing that I could share with my CEO Institute class that emphasized the importance of hard work. I believe that leadership is like anything else in life, if you want to be good at it, you have to work at it. This book pays that notion off in spades. His concept of the power of “deliberate practice” is developed to an inarguable extent. And, as the subtitle suggests, it is “What Really Separates World-Class Performance From Everybody Else.”

– D. R. Conant

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Doug is a unique individual — a leader who leads with integrity, vision, and a passion for what is possible. He has touched the lives of many, establishing a legacy of extraordinary leadership”
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