Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played? [Audiobook]

Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played? [Audiobook]
Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played [Audiobook] by Dan Rust, read by the Author and Rick Adamson
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 7 mins | 251.64MB

A career advisor explains why many talented, hardworking people often miss out on their full career potential, revealing the tells, blind spots, secrets, and unspoken rules you need to know in order to play the game to win.

While many careers have been impacted by economic downturns, failed projects, downsizing and restructuring, or just bad bosses or bad timing, we all know of colleagues who continue to rise through every tough situation. Most assume that they have advantages that protect them - degrees from the right schools, great mentors, influential friends and family, or just better luck. But these hypersuccessful professionals have faced setbacks, too. Instead of allowing challenges to derail their rises, they've learned how to manage them better.

In Workplace Poker, Dan Rust gives you the strategies you need to accelerate your career and prevent setbacks from stalling your progress or spiraling it downward. The trick, he reveals, is to "play the game under the game" - to think more deeply and act more strategically. If you are talented, ambitious, and hardworking but feel your career just isn't accelerating as rapidly as it should or as fast as you would like it to, this book is for you. If you have been frustrated to see others (less talented, who don't work as hard as you do) achieve rapid professional progress while your career stalls out, this book is for you. If you've been annoyed by those who are successful primarily because of where they went to school, family connections, or financial resources, this book is for you.

Rust gives you the insight and skills you need to transform yourself and adapt to and survive any hurdle - to turn every adversity into advantage and every struggle into strength, including:

  • Recognition of your own "blind spots" and what to do about them
  • Mastering strategic and authentic self-promotion
  • Enhancing your personal charm and likeability
  • Achieving the high energy, both mental and physical, necessary to drive an exceptional career trajectory
  • Developing an interest in "corporate anthropology" and the complex human dimensions of business
  • Neutralizing the career-stalling impact of difficult or dysfunctional colleagues
  • Deeply owning and learning from career missteps and failures

In his smart, funny, relatable voice, Rust shares stories of individuals who have applied these capabilities in real-world situations and provides short, focused exercises to help you think about yourself and your own career. With Workplace Poker, you'll learn how to get out of your own way and find the success you deserve.

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success [Audiobook]

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success [Audiobook]
Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success [Audiobook] by Steve Magness, Brad Stulberg, read by Christopher Lane
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 34 mins | 181MB

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which listeners will learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose; and priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity.

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches listeners on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed [Audiobook]

Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed [Audiobook]
Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed [Audiobook] by Daniel McGinn, read by Johnathan McClain
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 43 mins | 157.7MB

Closing the sale. Asking for a raise. Nailing the big presentation. Of the 2,000 hours you work every year, your success or failure is determined in the couple of dozen crucial hours when you need to bring your absolute best. Will you?

The last few minutes before a major challenge can be terrifying. Ever wished you knew how to make sure you ace the make-or-break test, audition, or interview?

We often feel the most powerless just before we're expected to act powerful. As you'll learn in this life-changing book, practice might make perfect, but perfection is useless if you can't summon it when it counts. Pulling off a great speech or the pivotal at bat also requires the right kind of mental preparation.

In Psyched Up, journalist Daniel McGinn dives into the latest psychological research and interviews athletes, soldiers, entertainers, and others who, despite years of practice and enviable track records, will ultimately be judged on their ability to deliver a solid performance when it's their turn to shine. For instance, he reveals:

  • How Jerry Seinfeld's jacket and Stephen Colbert's pen help them get laughs
  • What General Stanley McChrystal said to Special Forces before they entered the battlefield
  • Why the New England Patriots hired the DJ from the Red Sox to help them win
Among other counterintuitive insights, McGinn reveals why trying to calm your backstage jitters can be worse for your performance than channeling it into excitement, how meaningless rituals can do more to prepare you in the final moments than last-minute rehearsal, and how a prescription from your doctor could help you unleash your best skills.

Whether you're a sportsperson or a salesperson, an actor or an entrepreneur, one bad hour can throw away months of hard work. There's so much conflicting popular advice that we often end up doing the wrong things. McGinn separates the facts from the old wives' tales and shares new research-driven strategies for activating your talent, optimizing your emotions, and getting psyched up to take the spotlight.

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