Practice Perfect 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

ISBN-10: 111821658X
ISBN-13: 9781118216583
Edition: 2012
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Description: Practice, the utterly mundane companion to performance, cries out for sustained reflection; practice is the force that can drive qualitatively different results; and, if we really want to be great, we must first obsess about practice. This book  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Practice, the utterly mundane companion to performance, cries out for sustained reflection; practice is the force that can drive qualitatively different results; and, if we really want to be great, we must first obsess about practice. This book puts practice on the front burner of all who seek to instill talent and achievement in others.Practice, great practice, creates positive outliers, incredible world-changing reservoirs of talent, either as groups or as individuals. And yet in many professions we’re reluctant to practice. In some cases we don’t even think of practice as what we do. In sectors of society where performance matters, we know there must be practice. Roll the tape back on Lionel Messi, Yo-Yo Ma, or the highest rated heart surgeon and we know what to expect: hours of drills and scales and exercises and incisions in oranges or cadavers. Again. And again. And then again. Who would be surprised to see that? Now consider an area where practice is almost unheard of:  the workplace.  For example, we rarely think to rehearse difficult conversations with employees we manage, even though they can be among the most important moments in an organization’s life. Imagine this scenario: you are about to give a key piece of critical feedback to an otherwise talented and valuable team member. This is simply not a conversation you are likely to get right the first time. Ideally you would practice it with your boss--run through various ways of expressing your key points, say them aloud to listen for and anticipate potential misinterpretations, practice just the right tone, use some iterative practice to rehearse responses for different ways she might react. To do it right the practice for the meeting should take longer than the meeting itself. But the outcome will be worth it.The principles in The Practice Gap can make us, and you, better in virtually every performance of your life. The Practice Gap  contains a sequence of scrimmages, drills, and practices of all sorts: Ready, Set, Go. And we’ve added one more in the spirit of always aiming for better: Go Further.In the READY section you’ll find out about new ways to think about practice, about how it can help in areas we usually don’t associate with performance or practice. In SET we’ll start discussing the design of successful practice, of building up gradually from easy to complex. In GO we’ll dissect drills and scrimmages and show how practice can be applied across a wide range of realms, both personal and professional. And in GO FURTHER we’ll provide specific activities to jumpstart your practice.

Dan Heath, is an American bestselling author, and speaker. He, along with his brother Chip Heath, has co-authored three books, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, and Decisive. He is also a columnist for Fast Company magazine. Made to Stick, was named the Best Business Book of the Year, was on the BusinessWeek bestseller list for 24 months, and has been translated into 29 languages. In 2013, his title Decisive made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Foreword
Preface: Why Practice? Why Now?
Introduction: The Power of Practice
Rethinking Practice
Encode Success
Practice the 20
Let the Mind Follow the Body
Unlock Creativity … with Repetition
Replace Your Purpose (with an Objective)
Practice "Bright Spots"
Differentiate Drill from Scrimmage
Correct Instead of Critique
How to Practice
Analyze the Game
Isolate the Skill
Name It
Integrate the Skills
Make a Plan
Make Each Minute Matter
Using Modeling
Model and Describe
Call Your Shots
Make Models Believable
Try Supermodeling
Insist They "Walk This Way"
Model Skinny Parts
Model the Path
Get Ready for Your Close-up
Feedback
Practice Using Feedback (Not Just Getting It)
Apply First, Then Reflect
Shorten the Feedback Loop
Use the Power of Positive
Limit Yourself
Make It an Everyday Thing
Describe the Solution (Not the Problem)
Lock It In
Culture of Practice
Normalize Error
Break Down the Barriers to Practice
Make It Fun to Practice
Everybody Does It
Leverage Peer-to-Peer Accountability
Hire for Practice
Praise the Work
Post-Practice: Making New Skills Stick
Look for the Right Things
Coach During the Game (Don't Teach)
Keep Talking
Walk the Line (Between Support and Demand)
Measure Success
Conclusion: The Monday Morning Test
Teaching Techniques from Teach Like a Champion
Sample Practice Activities
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Summary of Rules
Index

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