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How to Be a Top Performer

Language:  English
In this book, the author explains how the successful practicing techniques of world-class musicians and athletes can be applied at work to increase personal performance.
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  • About the author
  • Introduction
  1. The right kind of practice
    1. Working hard vs. Hardly working
    2. How to practice
    3. The importance of focus
  2. The power of attention
    1. Inattentional blindness
    2. The difficulty with purposeful practice
    3. Little ventured, little gained
  3. Interruptions impede performance
    1. How interruptions impact your productivity
    2. Don’t let interruptions follow you home
  4. Manage your energy
    1. Sleep helps maintain your energy level
    2. A nap a day keeps the cobwebs away
    3. Unproductive? Blame it on your brain
  5. Your mindset matters
    1. Persistence in practice
    2. Have you thought about your thinking?
    3. You can change your brain as well as your mind
    4. Performance improves with positivity
  6. Personal experiences with deliberate practicing
    1. Applying the 5 characteristics of practice
  • Conclusion
  • Books referenced

Research has shown that the best performers among musicians such as violinists have practiced for a maximum of 90 minutes at a time with laser-like focus. In this book, How to Be a Top Performer, the author illustrates that research on “purposeful practice” can be applied to managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and others. In this book on achieving top performance, the author explains how the research results of Anders Ericsson and others can be applied to business, not just to musicians and athletes. “Purposeful practice” becomes “purposeful working” when managers, professionals, or entrepreneurs work in 90-minute segments of interruption-free time. But to do so, they must gain control of the interruptions, ignore the distractions, manage their energy, and maintain the motivation to persist. This book explains how.

About the Author

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

About the Author

Harold Taylor