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Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

ISBN: 978-1-118-21658-3
288 pages
September 2012, Jossey-Bass
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May 22, 2013
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Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

PRACTICE PERFECT 

42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

by Doug Lemov (bestselling author of Teach Like a Champion), Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi – with foreword by Dan Heath

We've all heard the expression "practice makes perfect," but then why doesn't it always work? And why do we limit practice to things like the piano or tennis instead of what we really want to get better at like breaking bad habits, acing a meeting, advancing our careers, or leading people?

In PRACTICE PERFECT (October 1, 2012, Jossey-Bass), authors and teaching experts Doug Lemov, Katie Yezzi, and Erica Woolway show us how we can get better at anything by engineering how we practice. The book will debunk the myths and revolutionize the way we approach and think about practice just as Lemov's previous book Teach Like a Champion changed the way we teach.  

By researching the latest in brain and behavioral science and in their work training teachers with Uncommon Schools, the authors found that what you do in practice matters as much if not more than how much you practice. There is a right way and a wrong way to practice. The right way involves breaking through assumptions, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick and hiring for practice.

Packed with stories of practice masters like Coach John Wooden, surgeon Atul Gawande, and basketball star Michael Jordan, PRACTICE PERFECT breaks down effective practice into

42 clear rules. They include:

  • ENCODE SUCCESS:  Engineer your practice activities so the right actions are encoded in your mental circuitry to become habit.
  • PRACTICE THE 20:  80% of your success will come from 20% of your behaviors so practice the most impactful 20% to accomplish your goal.
  • LET THE MIND FOLLOW THE BODY:  Automate skills so you'll use them before you consciously decide to.
  • REPLACE YOUR PURPOSE WITH AN OBJECTIVE:  Measure and define specifically what you'll be able to do once mastering your goal.
  • ISOLATE THE SKILL:  Identify and name each technique you've identified as an important building block for peak performance.

By putting together and applying these and scores of other practice rules from PRACTICE PERFECT, anyone can see big changes in their performance. If you are a manager, educator, leader, parent, or coach, you'll learn how to help others practice effectively to get results. If you're looking to achieve your own personal goals and break through to another level, you'll learn how practice can get you there.

With PRACTICE PERFECT, practice will no longer seem a mundane and maligned task, but the most powerful key to unlocking anyone's potential.