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Grit: The Power of Passion and
Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth
shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or
business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special
blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,”
Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching,
business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not
“genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point,
teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also
mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak
performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP
Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
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Good to Great, Jim Collins
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great
companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be
engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning.
But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies,
mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that
defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And
if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go
from good to great?
Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap
to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great
companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market. The research team contrasted
the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap
from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the
other set remained only good?. The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and sh ed
light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice