GEOFF COLVIN ~ KNOW MORE – PERCEIVE MORE – REMEMBER MORE ~ TALENT IS OVERRATED

~ TPPM-TDWLWTS-IWWTP-TUTSOITAPDEN-MOTIASBT-OTNIAWGS ~ Top Performers Perceive More – The Difference Wasn’t Literally What They Saw – It Was What They Perceived – They Understand The Significance Of Indicators That Average Performers Don’t Even Notice – More Often These Indicators Are Small But Telling – Often These Nonobvious Indicators Are Well-Guarded Secrets

~ TLFA-KWLAFT-TPFIATPB-UPPTDIOAGBAI ~ They Look Further Ahead – Knowing What Lies Ahead For Them – They Prepare For It And Thus Perform Better – Using Practice Principles To Do It Often And Get Better At It

~ TKMFSL-MSDFAALCIACAE-DFWSIIOAA ~ They Know More From Seeing Less – Making Sound Decisions Fast And At Low Cost Is A Competitive Advantage Everywhere – Deciding Fast With Sparse Information Is Often An Advantage

~ TMFDTAP-DSSOB-ATCAACROTAP ~ They Make Finer Discriminations Than Average Performers – Distinguish Several Different Shades Of Black – All These Crucial Abilities Are Clearly Results Of Training And Practice

~ TKM-DK-‘DDE’ ~ They Know More – Deep Knowledge – “Deep Domain Expertise”

~ RM-EPIMFESMOIITF-TPUTFAAHLTAPD-ATHASSFRIAI ~ Remembering More – Excellent Performers In Most Fields Exhibit Superior Memory Of Information In Their Fields – Top Performers Understand Their Field At A Higher Level Than Average Performers Do – And Thus Have A Superior Structure For Remembering Information About It

GEOFF COLVIN ~ CREATING SOMETHING NEW ~ TALENT IS OVERRATED

~ IAWOFTPTTCOE-CSNADITOWTS ~ In A World Of Forces That Push Toward The Commoditization Of Everything – Creating Something New And Different Is The Only Way To Survive

~ KM-IM ~ Know More – Innovate More

~ TGIIAWROFAHALOCIC-TSMYIIPBMAKOCB ~ The Greatest Innovators In A Wide Range Of Fields All Have At Least One Characteristic In Common – They Spent Many Years In Intensive Preparation Before Making Any Kind Of Creative Breakthrough

~ GIARTBALACC-TAODKTTPDDP ~ Great Innovations Are Roses That Bloom After Long And Careful Cultivation – The Acquisition Of Domain Knowledge That Takes Place During Deliberate Practice

~ TTMKOTDORWIPMBAHICA-NF-ITR-I-AESTPITOD ~ That Too Much Knowledge Of The Domain Or Familiarity With Its Problems Might Be A Hindrance In Creative Achievement – Not Found – In The Research – Instead – All Evidence Seems To Point In The Opposite Direction

~ IDRTP-OTC-IRHOTPACMRTTWMTDAIE ~ Innovation Doesn’t Reject The Past – On The Contrary – It Relies Heavily On The Past And Comes Most Readily To Those Who’ve Mastered The Domain As It Exists

~ AWATLOGCPASAFFBTC?-TAIS-TAT ~ And What About Those Legends Of Great Creative Products Appearing Suddenly And Fully Formed Before Their Creators? – The Answer Is Simple – They Aren’t True

~ SNISTSMNI-NGACOI ~ Since New Ideas Seem To Spur More New Ideas – Networks Generate A Cycle Of Innovation

~ OTWMIWBFTEWKOIWBMV ~ Organizations That Want More Innovation Would Benefit From Telling Everyone What Kind Of Innovation Would Be Most Valuable

~ CIMMATUTWTTT-TMSC-AWAKOEP-IMLTBOWTDTDWR ~ Creativity Is Much More Available To Us Than We Tend To Think – The Most Significant Constraint – As With All Kinds Of Exceptional Performance – Is Mostly Likely To Be Our Willingness To Do The Difficult Work Required

~ NOBEOHOHO ~ No One Becomes Extraordinary On His Or Her Own

~ ASFITLOGPITVSTRACTITD-CSHHTFPAD-BTNTSALOS-TSEIC ~ A Striking Feature In The Lives Of Great Performers Is The Valuable Support They Received At Critical Times In Their Development – Certainly Some Have Had To Fight Poverty And Discouragement – But That’s Not The Same As Lack Of Support – The Supporting Environment Is Critical

~ CDPETPTMSTWODWA-ATDOSASTCFDTCNLBA-TACWFALT ~ Continued Deliberate Practice Enables Top Performers To Maintain Skills That Would Otherwise Decline With Age – And To Develop Other Skills And Strategies To Compensate For Declines That Can No Longer Be Avoided – That Approach Can Work For A Long Time

~ OBAPATANNWIOA-BPDSWA ~ Our Brains Are Perfectly Able To Add New Neurons Well Into Old Age – Brain Plasticity Doesn’t Stop With Age

~ TCFRBMR4EMDITHCAAIMGT ~ The Consistent Finding Reported By Many Researchers Examining Many Domains Is That High Creative Achievement And Intrinsic Motivation Go Together

~ CPAFOTT(STP)-ANOT(WWSTPDFM?) ~ Creative People Are Focused On The Task (Solve This Problem) – And Not On Themselves (What Will Solving This Problem Do For Me?)

GEOFF COLVIN ~ A WINNING TEAM ~ TALENT IS OVERRATED

~ OAFTTAOBABRFDPAEGTTMHT-‘AFPA’ ~ Organizations Are Finding That The Advantages Of Building A Big Reputation For Developing People Are Even Greater Than They May Have Thought – “A First Pick Advantage”

~ TSBETWFI-WDPACRFSRBKAMM-AWFTAW ~ The Same Basic Elements That Work For Individuals – Well-Designed Practice Activities, Coaching, Repetition, Feedback, Self-Regulation, Building Knowledge, And Mental Models – All Work For Teams As Well

~ ETWGIP-BCTIASAIO ~ Every Team Wants Great Individual Performers – But Combining Them Is A Skill All Its Own

~ ‘GUPWADTMTTW-AOTABOTPWBE-AWWET’ ~ “Give Us People Who Are Dedicated To Making The Team Work – As Opposed To A Bunch Of Talented People With Big Egos – And We’ll Win Every Time”

~ TITMFEOAWT ~ Trust Is The Most Fundamental Element Of A Winning Team

~ TBINIBS ~ Trust By Its Nature Is Built Slowly

GEOFF COLVIN ~ DELIBERATE PRACTICE ~ TALENT IS OVERRATED

~ OPAGWWE ~ Occasionally People Actually Get Worse With Experience

~ TFTSTETMABP-DP ~ The Factor That Seems To Explain The Most About Great Performance – Deliberate Practice

~ PWDBTLAARCP ~ T ~ The People Who Do Become Top-Level Achievers Are Rarely Child Prodigies

~ TGPIRSAOWTDAFOJTTUTAI-TIOTTNA ~ The Great Performers Isolate Remarkably Specific Aspects Of What They Do And Focus On Just Those Things Until They Are Improved – Then It’s On To The Next Aspect

~ CZ-LZ-PZ-OBCAITLZCOMP ~ Comfort Zone – Learning Zone – Panic Zone – Only By Choosing Activities In The Learning Zone Can One Make Progress

~ F-YCWOTAYLBIYCSTE-TTWH-YWGAB-AYSC ~ Feedback – You Can Work On Technique All You Like But If You Can’t See The Effects – Two Thing Will Happen – You Won’t Get Any Better – And You’ll Stop Caring

~ DPIAAAEOFAC-TIWMID-CSETEOPTAUATTOHTMTB ~ Deliberate Practice Is Above All An Effort Of Focus And Concentration – That Is What Makes It Deliberate – Continually Seeking Exactly Those Elements Of Performance That Are Unsatisfactory And Then Trying One’s Hardest To Make Them Better

~ 4OFHADSTBTULODP-ATIFQISLNMTAHTNM ~ Four Or Five Hours A Day Seems To Be The Upper Limit Of Deliberate Practice – And This Is Frequently Accomplished In Sessions Lasting No More Than An Hour To Ninety Minutes

~ ITATLTGWEAF-TEWDT-A-TWNDTBFTR ~ If The Activities That Lead To Greatness Were Easy And Fun – Then Everyone Would Do Them – And – They Would Not Distinguish The Best From The Rest

~ TRTDPIHCEVSAGN-IMTMPWDI-YWTDIWDYATM ~ The Reality That Deliberate Practice Is Hard Can Even Be Seen As Good News – It Means That Most People Won’t Do It – Your Willingness To Do It Will Distinguish You All The More

~ DPDNFEA-RLITCFT-MO-WAABL ~ Deliberate Practice Does Not Fully Explain Achievement – Real Life Is Too Complicate For That – Most Obviously – We’re All Affected By Luck

~ EWHAEPHETDATW-TANE ~ Everyone Who Has Achieved Exceptional Performance Has Encountered Terrible Difficulties Along The Way – There Are No Exceptions

~ TPOTLAIEH-NMPWCTPI-B-BUHAFBG-ACBB ~ The Price Of Top-Level Achievement Is Extraordinarily High – Not Many People Will Choose To Pay It – But – By Understanding How A Few Become Great – Anyone Can Become Better