Raising Talent: How to Fast-Track Potential Into Performance

Publisert lørdag 27. oktober 2012, av CoachMagasinet, i Boktips

This books follows up on Tim and Michael's first book, In the Zone With South Africa's Sports Heroes and focuses on developing sports potential in children and so it is written to parents and coaches about how to raise talent.


This book also, like the first, is a thoroughly Neuro-Semantic book that contains many of the APG (Accessing Personal Genius) patterns within it. In it the authors speak about Neuro-Semantics and about Meta-Coaching as a methodology for fast tracking potential. So if the subject of fast tracking potential is important to you- here are two books you really need to get.

In developing their themes the authors quote many authors and researchers including K. Anders Ericsson about the 10,000 rule and the importance of «deliberate practice.» They focus on meaning and adding rich meaning to performance, they use the Self-Actualization quadrants as one of their models, and they have a fascinating discussion of the issue of «choking» up before a performance (pp. 48-51).
I really like the Gratitude Pattern that they developed (p. 64) as a way to link strong gratitude to your mental moves. In that way «you will be more insulated against negativity and more likely to lock in a high performance mood.» (p. 64)

Then with the asking of «why questions» regarding your goals and objectives, they invented a Lightning Rod Movie Technique (p. 67ff). And what is the design of the lightning rod technique? To trigger the very limiting beliefs that are holding you back which are connected with your mental movie of some outcome that you desire. They even present seven criteria for asking such unique questions.

Then there is the Meta Kolb Model which Tim had been working on for several years. Here the Kolb Model for adult learning is taken and expanded (p.142ff).

Great quotes from the book:

«If you really want your child to be the best version of him or herself that they can be, the first place to start is with you. Your child’s mental model of the world will reflect many of your strengths and weaknesses; the more you work on yourself, the less re-work they will need to do later.» (p.3)

«The ability to win the ‘talent race’ requires both an inner game (mindset) and outer game (performance). Both are critical to maximise potential- to run your best race. In this book we will cover the what, how, when, and why to develop both the inner and outer game.» (p. 7)

«This mindset (i.e., of success) is characterised by the belief that no ability, skill or aptitude is ever fixed in stone- it can be developed, grown and fine-tuned…» (p. 14)

«Part of a Meta-Coach’s job is to help a client to find a leverage point, or the top-most (cluster CEO) meaning that they want to shift, either by removing, reframing (giving it new meaning), out framing (making another meaning superior to the existing meaning, or using any other of many different methods to enable positive healthy change.» (p. 79)

«A great mindset is not every effective without action- meaning needs to partner with performance/competence to get high performance.» (p. 97)

As a book about performance – fast tracking potential into high performance, this book is an excellent follow up on my book, Achieving Peak Performance (2005) as it adds additional patterns and processes, and applies it specifically to children, parenting, and coaching.

There is a lot more in the book and you can find out more about it by going to:

Tim Goodenough with Michael Cooper, Penguin Books, South Africa.

Skrevet av L. Michael Hall

Innsendt av Lene Fjellheim