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Eduardo Briceño

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    What's in it for me? Learn how to work smarter, not harder.

    If you believe that the key to success is hard work, you can be forgiven. It's a maxim that has been with us for a long, long time. But what if it's been misleading us all along? A lot of us are working harder than ever, with little to show for it aside from a recurring case of burnout.

    You can call it the performance paradox. And in the sections ahead we'll pick apart this chronic problem and look at a new way of approaching work. We'll shift the focus away from performance and show how a learning component can make all the difference in giving you and your career a more satisfying sense of purpose. In other words, we'll look at how you can start working smarter, instead of harder.

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    What is The Performance Paradox about?

    The Performance Paradox (2023) offers a refreshing new approach to maintaining a healthy career. It identifies the chronic problem of being stuck in an endless cycle of high-level effort with no reward, and it offers a way to find more meaning and satisfaction in your work.

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    The Performance Paradox (2021) explores the complex relationship between success and the fear of failure. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with insightful research and practical examples, it offers a fresh perspective on the pursuit of excellence, prompting readers to redefine their approach to performance.
    • By examining the paradoxes that exist within our performance-driven society, the book challenges conventional notions of success and encourages readers to embrace failure as a stepping stone to growth.
    • With its thought-provoking ideas and engaging storytelling, the book captivates readers, ensuring that the exploration of performance is anything but dull.

    Who should read The Performance Paradox?

    • Managers looking for inspiration
    • Leaders who want better motivational skills
    • Anyone interested in a more fruitful career

    About the Author

    Eduardo Briceño is a keynote speaker and business consultant who specializes in developing programs for learning and high-performance. He is also a member of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network, and his TED Talks, which include “How to Get Better at the Things You Care About,” have been viewed millions of times. 

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    What is the main message of The Performance Paradox?

    The main message of The Performance Paradox is about developing our performance by embracing learning, discomfort, and reflection.

    How long does it take to read The Performance Paradox?

    The reading time for The Performance Paradox varies depending on the reader's speed, but it typically takes several hours. The Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Performance Paradox a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Performance Paradox offers valuable insights on achieving personal growth and professional success. It is definitely worth reading.

    Who is the author of The Performance Paradox?

    The author of The Performance Paradox is Eduardo Briceño.

    How many chapters are in The Performance Paradox?

    The Performance Paradox has 10 chapters.

    1. Introduction
    2. Avoiding the Performance Zone
    3. Embracing the Growth Zone
    4. Expanding the Growth Zone
    5. Developing Our Performance
    6. First Principles
    7. Approaching Challenges
    8. Embracing Opportunities
    9. Leading to Learn
    10. Leading a Learning Organization

    How many pages are in The Performance Paradox?

    The Performance Paradox contains 288 pages.

    When was The Performance Paradox published?

    The Performance Paradox was published in 2020.

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