We asked. You answered, and I can not thank you enough. Soundview recently polled its subscribers for their vote for the best business book of 2009. We received an avalanche of votes and after running them through our various computational methods, we are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Harold Longman Award for Best Business Book goes to Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.
I can honestly say this was one of the most difficult decisions we’ve put to readers in some time. We’re very careful in selecting the titles that reach our readers each month, but we’re often surprised to find that some of our 30 best each year are clear favorites among subscribers. The field of contenders this year was absolutely stacked. It included some of the most diverse, thought-provoking books from top name authors. Among the contenders were Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check, Martin Lindstrom’s Buyology and Keith Ferrazzi’s Who’s Got Your Back, to name just three. If these books were grapes growing on a vine, we may look back at 2009 as an exceptional vintage.
The debate was intense among readers and even within our own editorial department. It seemed as though everyone had a favorite title and (secretly, of course) we each were hoping it would be our “horse” that would be first across the finish line. I owe you fine folks in our reader base a debt of gratitude, because my personal favorite title came out on top.
If you’ve yet to read Talent is Overrated, there is no better time than the present. Colvin’s examination of the truth behind what we label world-class talent reveals that it has very little to do with chance. Examining notable names from the worlds of business, sports and the arts, Colvin digs deep to uncover the methods which led the best in these fields to their lofty positions. One aspect of the book which cinched it as my personal favorite is Colvin’s acknowledgment of the lonely, difficult path that many describe as the “curse of genius.” The book is an essential read for executives who wish to gain a better understanding of why some people soar so far above the rest … and what it takes to join those ranks. The journey through the forge of Colvin’s “deliberate practice” is something which reader’s are unlikely to forget.
Congratulations to Colvin for winning the Longman Award, and congratulations to you for another excellent selection!