Po Bronson: Top Dog author Po Bronson

E people breeze through competition and others choke and how you can use the research on choking and competing to transform yourself to do and be the best you can I won this book from GoodReads and am sorry to say i did not care for itThere has never been any doubt in my mind that competition in the marketplace is a good thing Competition produces shampoos for instance that clean better and rinse out better than brand X But must all shampoos out there be on top I dislike seeing so many of MY favorite items disappear from store shelves because they only have room for the TOPHaving fairly stated that I cast a observing and studied look at how this book could help MEIT didn t Boring That is a one word review info science and history appeared to have been copied condensed and typed upThere were several other books competing for my reading but I continued to the finish of TOP DOG Perhaps it was just the plunk plunk plunk style of delivery Perhaps I was having a bad couple of days Perhaps others will find value Hope soI wanted some clever thoughts and ideas for this period of my life When I finally got to page 240 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 xplain 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 One Con Glory 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 annjoyable 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 What I liked about NurtureShock New Thinking About Children was that it was filled with useful advice acknowledge Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows every babble to increase a baby s vocabulary praiseffort instead of intelligence to help children achieve tc I hoped that this book would likewise give parents and teachers clear recommendations about how to promote healthy competition but this is of a hmm I never knew that kind of book than a set of how tos Also the authors include lots of sports metaphors and anecdotes which bored me so much that I skipped right past themSome interesting things I learn Top dog summarySuccess in competition reuires taking risks that are normally held back by fearCompetition brings a new level of gearsSense of teritorism gets you confident control fficacy teritorism brings security a sense of identity Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, etc Its instantaneousIf you comearly you stand a better chance of winningHigh A Fairly Honourable Defeat expectations can push you in your headSupervision is bad when you practice audience is good when you have masteryA manager should supervise its people randomly because it creates alertness while in the same time it s not a nuisance to their performanceWe are incredibly susceptible to reward and punishment from what we see around 13 microseconds of input results in subconscious conclusionsWorriers and warriors have different compt structures some handle stress better because they clear dopamine fasterWomen under stress focus on themotional ues men under stress tune them outKeep score on very possible level in order to get a killer teamWomen get into competition when they stand a good chance of winning men are prone to get in bold competitionsBoys see competition much than girls do so its better to get boys in a medium with very good teachers but be wary of outstanding peers because they will see as if they suck at life whereas with girls its not that problem girls can perform best in hyper competitive mediumsBoys are in for finite games were there is a clear goalMen focus on wins women on the oddsFemales stick to groups of 2 while men in packs because thats how we volved thats why we are specialised and why we are competitive whereas women are carefulMen Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue evolved such that in a group they may have disputes with one another but the aim of the group is the most importantWomenvolved such that they share the same amount they are fearfu. Good 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.

Most of us perform better when at least some competition is involved We need good relationships with team mates to do our best but fraternizing with the competition may not be a good idea Egalitarian teams aren t a good idea The 25% of the population that performs worse when competing improve when they are told that that rush of adrenalin and fear they feel may help not hinder their pe 35 stars I really loved Bronson and Merryman s Nurture Shock and still bring it up in conversation freuently I think I probably would have The Man Without a Face enjoyed Top Dog if I didn t have such highxpectations from Nurture Shock Top Dog is well written and very interesting It gave me a lot to think about Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) especially in relation to Alfie Kohn s views on competition and Malcolm Gladwell s Outliers However one of the things that Injoyed about Nurture Shock was that Gone (Gone, each chapter was a completely different topic that somehow related to a central theme of childrearing Top Dog didn t have that same kind of variety and at times I felt like all the chapters kind of blended together Focus is on the importance of competition rather than the 10000 hours of practice that is so often discussed post Gladwell Completion reuires taking risks that are held back by fear and can teach us moral behavior the Greeks called it aretas attainingxcellence thru competition Differences between men and women were fascinating women form social bonds in pairs or dyads and don t like to compete within that relationship this is why women likely to turn on a previously trusted friend after only one incident Women are less likely to take risk when the odds are low men overestimate their chances freuently likely to compete when odds are Threads Of The Shroud even or better Women better at differentiating what to care aboutnough to compete And a study from Univ of Texas showed that women analysts on Wall Street were accurate and had divergent All Seated on the Ground estimates vs men Playing to win very different than playing not to lose Being stressed before competition is good and if framed as a positive can improve performance The stress boosts testosterone which does not lead to aggression it leads to intensity and focus hyperrationallity but also to argumentativeness where sense of right an wrong intensifies into fury To harness the power of testosterone the rules of whatarns social regard must be changed Change the culture and the high Test people will change what they do to Untitled. earn respectPositive thinking is often not helpful having understanding an respect for the opponent or the obstacle to be faced is critical Anger can be positive if it is controlledTeams they don t need to be friends and the stronger their star the harderveryone works to keep up Renaissance artists competed development of Linux was competitive Fate of teams is 90% done before the work begins 60% is Wiring efficacy of leader appropriately challenging goal and skills of members 30% is initial introduction and how responsibilities are divided The only strategy that works is one that focuses on role clarification who does what when pressure gets intense Study showed that the most successfulntrepreneurs had ring finger 10 20% longer than index finger Correlations found with assertiveness risk taking spacial ability FedEx founder Fred Smith kept his company alive turning his last 5000 into 32000 in Vegas in 1973 Against All Odds enough to pay for another week of jet fuel andnough time to line up financing Cortisol regulates testosterone during competition and particularly when we lose burst of cortisol makes you care less about the outcome Not a Coach K fan but his attitude about star players that he needs to be the best player s best friend because being the star is lonely was insightful Managers and coaches need to focus on their stars to keep them motivated and this pull along the rest This book presents various studies that have been completed on competitions tests and which individuals perform best and whyI found some of the details contained in this book really surprising Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson s Top Dog is a myth busing book Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage explaining that competition isn t about killing the other side it s about getting into situations that drive you to be the best you can be We like to simplify competing down to winning versus losing but the truth is there are numerous nuances that go into what makes a person a winner or loser of some competition orven in their day to day work on the job These nuances and the research behind them fill this book which is clearly written and a pleasure to read This book will help you identify the kind of competitor you are why som. 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.

L of competition in pairs they focus on similaritiesYounger siblings are competitiveThe you guard risk the mistakes you ll makeJust dont lose this one results in weaker resultsWhen going for the gain you get into comfortable awarenessPrevention orientated works for deducting benefitsSocial comparison is so powerful powerful than deluding yourself that you will win which is again a very powerful tacticWe spend 12% of our thoughts daily comparing ourselves to othersWe spend time thinking about counter measuresPositive thinking is only good for motivation but it makes you not anticipate perils and performe worseVisualizing scenarios for understanding positive improvements in the future is the way to goIn a competition scenariu you get adrenaline which boosts your concentration and peaks performanceIn a threat state you get noradreline which burns glucose very fast and you get beaten down very fast you then have no chance of winningTestosterone makes you hyper rational it boosts motivation and decouples the The DOS emotional responses and fear uncertaintyCortisol is not causing stress cortisol repairs stress signals cortisol is an indicator that there has been stressA team is stronger than the sum of its partsWhen in a team thefforts and attitude and hard work of your team members makes your brains chemistry think it was you in their place60% of the team s success is determined by team members IntroductionCompelling goalCompetenceTopcoder set up competitions for programmers and attracted the best ones and now its worth 200 milCompetition stimulates introverts while cooperation xtrovertsHaving a healthy attitude towards playing is very important In the nd you need to chose your competition and leave the rest not Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism everything has to be a competitionWinning and loosing are both important and should be seen both as a way forward towards progressWe like to see where are our fear limits our pain limits and operate thereven go beyond that 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 Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils ever presentveryone 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 Payment Due engage in competition unless it seems likely they have a chance Less than a uarter of ourlected 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 Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, 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 veryngaging 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 Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, everyone EtcThe detailed discussion of childhood development risk taking and learning to play to win versus play not to lose wasnlightening You can see yourself in the book. Contests and Linux How before da Vinci and FedEx were innovators first they were great competitors Olympians carry Top Dog in their gym bags It's in briefcases of Wall Street traders and Madison Avenue madmen Risk takers from Silicon Valley to Vegas race to implement its ideas as ducators debate it in halls of academia Now see for yourself what this game changing talk is all abou.

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Po Bronson has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction He has published five books and he has written for television magazines and newspapers including Time The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for