Paul Sullivan – Clutch: Excel Under Pressure

Paul Sullivan – Clutch: Excel Under Pressure

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Author: Paul Sullivan
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“Anyone who feels that they tend to lose their confidence when the stakes are high can glean something from this analysis.”
-The Associated Press

Sooner or later everyone encounters a situation in which the stakes are high and the outcome is vital. And even top performers can crumble when faced with such extreme pressure. But then there are the performers who thrive under such conditions. In Clutch, you’ll meet:

A skinny sergeant who saved his battalion in Iraq
A rookie baseball player who pitched his team into its first World Series
A lawyer who struggled in school but became one of the top litigators in America

According to Sullivan, clutch performance does not stem from an innate ability. It’s a learned skill-the art of operating in high- stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Even some of the most experienced and talented performers lack this skill-but Sullivan shows that anyone can develop it.

From Publishers Weekly:

New York Times columnist Sullivan provides a noteworthy look at what causes some people to buckle under pressure when others thrive. He identifies people who are “clutch”–who excel in difficult, stressful situations–across a range of professions and determines what personal qualities keep their performance consistent even when times get tough. Sullivan, a self-professed lifelong “choker,” examines the handful of telling characteristics: focus, discipline, adaptability, the ability to be fully in the present, and being driven–not thwarted–by fear and desire. In-depth examples of clutch individuals include actor Larry Clarke; attorney David Boies; business writer Mark Stevens; and Willie Copeland, a military team leader who was awarded the Navy Cross. Sullivan provides valuable insight into star players and companies who choke under pressure and why (the culprits: an inability to accept responsibility and a tendency to overthink and be overconfident). Perceptive and original, Sullivan’s account holds sound advice for everyone–athletes, politicians, and business people–looking to amplify their performance under any circumstances.

Review:

“”Clutch,” by “New York Times” columnist Paul Sullivan, is a well- written examination of what makes a person perform despite stress. It’s not luck, he emphasizes; it’s “the ability to do what you can do normally under immense pressure.” He points to five key traits of clutch performers: focus, discipline, adaptability, being truly present and having the fear and desire to win. Sullivan illustrates these talents by way of portraits of accomplished, self-assured performers such as trial lawyer David Boies, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon and Sergeant Willie Copeland, a hero in Iraq.”
-TIME Magazine

“Mr. Sullivan has sallied forth with notepad and pen in hand to tell individual stories… [He] takes his examples from sports, business, the military and the stage. He explains right away that there are five traits that help people pull off a clutch performance: focus; discipline, adaptability, presence (i.e., actual involvement in the task at hand), and fear and desire. ”

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