doc æ Top Dog AUTHOR Po Bronson ´ Po Bronson
New York Times Bestseller Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's work changes the national dialogue Beyond their bestselling books you know them from commentary and features in the New York Times CNN NPR Time Newsweek Wired New York and E mail Facebook and Twitter accounts are filled with demands to read their reporting such as How Not to Talk to Your Kids Creativity Crisis and Losing Is If you are a coach or business ownerleader this is a must read book It breaks down what at team needs to succeed how a team best works together in an office on and off the fieldAny book that opens with novice parachute jumpers ballroom dancers and a recap of Jason Lezak’s anchor leg of the 2008 Olympics 4X100 freestyle relay draws you in for the get go Especially if you appreciate the sport of swimmingThe authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman were basically on a uest to find out what it is that makes competitors tick How people respond to challenges rise to the occasion or flop How they work individually and as teams In a time of decreased concentration on competitiveness and collaboration on the field or the ever present ‘everyone gets a trophy’ mantra social scientists want to know if people benefit from competition and if we’re hard wired for it The short answer is yes and yes And competition facilitates improvement for about 50% Some people don’t benefit from competition and likely they self select out of it in sports and have a disadvantage in other arenas An interesting premise that has been found from years of looking at competition is that people need a ‘fighting’ chance Actually women are in tune with what that chance may be and don’t engage in competition unless it seems likely they have a chance Less than a uarter of our elected officials are women not because they are incapable but women simply won’t waste their time running for an office if there is no point Men on the other hand whether it’s a political office or a gambling scenario will throw their hat in It seems women look at the reality of the situation and gauge the potential and balance that with the effort needed while men see the outcome the prize and go for it Their discussions included SAT test takers in different venues rivalries competitive focus and the Matthew Effect attributed to the gospel of Matthew home field advantage micro management mastery of skill gender influence on the stock market productivity and the like It was a very engaging read that covered topics ranging from ‘when the stakes go up’ to productivity and professionalism The compared and contrasted worriers with warriors as they called the groups of people and which groups prevail in which situations Testosterone and other hormones were discussed How do they play a roll when people feel threatened or challenged? How do people react to loved ones in the crowd watching? Will it benefit everyone? EtcThe detailed discussion of childhood development risk taking and learning to ‘play to win’ versus ‘play not to lose’ was enlightening You can see yourself in the book
Po Bronson ´ Top Dog AUTHOR Po Bronson text
Top Dog AUTHOR Po BronsGood for You In Top Dog Bronson and Merryman again use their astonishing blend of science and storytelling to reveal what's truly in the heart of a champion The joy of victory and the character building agony of defeat Testosterone and the neuroscience of mistakes Why rivals motivate How home field advantage gets you a raise What teamwork really reuires It's baseball the SAT sales Disclaimer I won this book from a GoodReads First Reads contest I generally like books like this ones who break down a concept that's pretty basic and explain it using scientific research and other types of studies The one issue I had with it is that it seemed to oversimplify some things while glossing over others at the same time Just when I really got into a chapter it seemed like it was over too uickly without me reaching the aha moment It also ended on page 240 despite this being counted as book over 300 pages The remaining 100 pages are bibliography which is great for looking up the citations for journal articles you might want to follow up on but it's also indicative of why I only gave this book 3 stars With that many references this book should have been way longer than 240 pages and I shouldn't be left feeling cheated out of content It was an enjoyable read and for those with zero scientific background I think it will be a hit I was going to rate it 35 stars but as a loyal MSU basketball fan I had to take off 12 star for including an interview with Coach K YuckOk I'm joking about thatOr am I?