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Fit: When Talent And Intelligence Just Won't Cut It

ISBN: 978-0-7303-2494-2
280 pages
January 2016
Fit: When Talent And Intelligence Just Won


Understand where you fit to understand where you'll excel

Fit: When Talent and Intelligence Just Won't Cut It answers the fundamental performance questions that people have asked for generations. Why is that some individuals are consistently high performers, how do they keep performing in varying situations, organisations and contexts, why can some people just not seem to be able to crack that code, and why do some individuals perform exceptionally well in certain organisations but not in others? This fresh new book challenges current thinking about the war for talent and the role intelligence plays in high performance sport and business. Over 3,000 profiles of elite corporate managers and professional elites have been studied to find the answers as to why certain individuals consistently get exceptional results and why great talent doesn't transfer across teams and businesses.

Fit considers real live cases and well-known examples of spectacular successes and failures through the lens of the Hogan Personality Tools. This shows how elite performance is dependent on three things; understanding what role your behaviours are best suited to, what culture you perform your best in and how you're likely to derail your career. Armed with this knowledge, this innovative text allows you to connect the dots on your past performances and prepares you to find roles, organisations and teams which best fit you - opening the door for elite performance. Instead of talent management and changing behaviour, look to Fit as a key to your performance improvement. You'll find that performance does not have a one-size-fits-all formula - it is bespoke, personal and different for each individual.

  • Understand how you can align your natural style with the right roles to achieve elite performance in your professional and personal lives
  • Appreciate your unique behavioural patterns that impact personal and team success
  • Discover that true success is not totally dependent on talent and intelligence, but on discovering what you're good at and where you fit.

Fit: When Talent and Intelligence Just Won't Cut It unearths the hidden traits of elite performance and enables you to find your fit to further enhance your engagement and success.

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Table of Contents

About the author xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Foreword xv

Introduction xvii

Part I 1

1 Talent is not the answer 3

2 The cost of performance failure 23

3 The impact of personality on performance 39

Part II 55

4 Appreciating your bright side 57

5 Embracing and managing your dark side 95

6 Recognising what’s driving you from the inside 159

Part III 207

7 Finding the right fit 209

8 Team analytics 225

9 Start from where you are 231

Conclusion 243

Index 245

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Author Information

WARREN KENNAUGH is a behavioural strategist specialising in the identification and development of elite performance. He has profiled over 3000 world class professional athletes and elite business professionals and is regularly called on to share his insights and experience with sports officials, senior executives, major sports bodies, and multi-national corporations.

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