BookSneeze Review: “Beyond Talent” by John Maxwell

Let me preface this review by saying that I really appreciate John Maxwell’s writing. I think his choice to treat the topic leadership as a subject worthy of sustained study is beneficial.

That being said, his book “Beyond Talent” really fell flat for me. I’ve read better from Maxwell, and had a fairly high expectation of this book.

The themes dealt with in the book seem a bit contrived:
Belief lifts your talent.
Initiative activates your talent.
Focus directs your talent.
Preparation positions your talent.
Practice sharpens your talent.
Perseverance sustains your talent.
Character protects your talent… etc.

On the one hand, I’m not sure I could do any better in dealing with subject matter. On the other hand, the book seemed to give short shrift to each of the sections. Gripping hand, I think that this book would be better reworked as a source material for managers of very talented performers, where they might need some occasionaly refocusing from an informed manager. This book would work well for that.


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