Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from. By Geoff Colvin.
This book would not have been written if my Fortune colleague Jerry
Useem hadn’t walked into my office and asked if I wanted to write
something for a special issue on great performance in business. It turned
out I’d been waiting a long time for that question. I held strong views
and had considerable curiosity about the topic, far more than I realized.
The resulting article provoked a more intense response than anything
else I’ve written. It was certainly e-mailed a lot, but beyond that, it
seemed to reach readers in a deeper way. Several people told me they
had read it aloud to their kids, which is not a reaction we often get to an
article in a business magazine. People thanked me for writing it, even
many months after it appeared. I suspected there was more to be said. So
thank you, Jerry, and thank you to Hank Gilman, Eric Pooley, and the
other Fortune editors who helped bring the article to publication.
So thank you, Jerry, and thank you to Hank Gilman, Eric Pooley, and
the other Fortune editors who helped bring the article to publication.
Professor K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar at Florida
State University, whom we met several times in this book, was
extremely generous with his time and thoughts. As I hope is clear, his
work over the past thirty years, on his own and with colleagues, formed
the foundation of many of the ideas presented here. He deserves special
thanks because this book could not have been written without him.
Adrian Zackheim, Adrienne Schultz, and the team at Penguin Group (USA) were encouraging and supportive at every turn, which makes a difference to an author.
Bob Barnett and Dineen Howell of Williams & Connolly represented me
superbly, as always. Most of all I must thank my family for their
understanding and support during a project that I should have known
would be more work than I thought.
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