Item description for Level Six Performance: A Gold Medal Formula for Achieving Professional & Personal Success by Stephen Long...
Life is a race-some say a "rat race," but that depends upon how you look at it. That's what Level Six Performance is all about-our perceptions. Author Stephen Long points out "Effectively framing perceptions is the difference between success and failure, between excellence and mediocrity, between winning and losing. Smart people learn how to frame their perceptions to increase their chances of success." The strategies presented in this book strengthen and enhance performance. As individuals and organizations apply Level Six tools, performance strengthens. No matter where you are right now, the strategies presented herein will work for you and help you move from one level to the next to achieve your own personal best.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 8, 2006
Publisher Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN 1932783725 ISBN13 9781932783728
Reviews - What do customers think about Level Six Performance: A Gold Medal Formula for Achieving Professional & Personal Success?
Life Changing!!! Jul 7, 2008
This book has all the tools to achieving success not only in sport, but in life!!
Achieve your desired success Oct 16, 2006
Reviewed by Susan Pettrone for Reader Views (9/06)
"Level Six Performance" is a book that not only offers a blueprint for professional and personal success but backs up its theory through real life experiences of gold medal Olympians - illustrating for the reader the path to success.
"Level Six Performance" teaches the reader not only how to think smart and reach a high level of achievement, but how to maintain that high level and avoid those areas in life that can ultimately mean performance disaster. It focuses not only on achieving and maintaining success but addresses the importance of integrity and strength of character and those roles in success. In emphasizing the importance of such traits, the reader sees how they are vital to achieving the desired success.
In the early pages of this book we are introduced to the author's "Performance Triad" and its three components; intelligence, knowledge, and thinking. All three combine to lead the reader to "high performance". Simply put: "Intelligence" is defined as an indicator of possibilities within a person's life...it is the potential for success. "Knowledge is very simply; what you know the wisdom and information we have to succeed" and Thinking" is what you believe, suppose or how you recall. It should be noted however that thinking is oftentimes brushed aside as unimportant, when it well could be the most vital part of this triad. All three are important on their own but vital to success when combined. It is only with all three of the components firmly in place that success has a sound base and is within the grasp of the reader.
As this book progresses, we are lead through three sections entitled; "Learn to win", "Prepare to win" and "Play to win". Each of these sections illustrates, through word and real life examples, how each is an important part of the whole of the formula for success. The reader is taught how each builds upon the other and intertwines to reach success.
Through the use of illustrative stories of 17 Olympians, having between them a total of 25 gold medals; the reader sees first hand how the principles within this book work. The author underlines within each story how the principles of "Level Six Performance" were applied within each Olympians' life and contributed to their success. It is within these stories that the reader comprehends how "Level Six Performance" can and has proven to be a guide for success.
Integrity and a deep sense of value are constants within this book, as well, and it is not long before the reader can easily perceive that true success comes not only from without but from within. Value and integrity are firm bases upon which the individuals within, all, build and grow.
This book is full off insight and information, and the section on self perception is no exception. Self perception and how it affects success in a personal way is an aspect that each must find deep within themselves without outside help. Even though it sounds simple to acquire a high sense of self, it is in fact, one area that we oftentimes find ourselves struggling to obtain while maintaining balance and stability. Self perception is challenged on an everyday basis and "Level Six Performance" clearly shows the reader how necessary strong self perception is as a key role in success, whatever that may be.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking guidance in the path to success in both their personal and business lives. Within this book are all the elements that one needs to choose the right path and follow it to the end, reaping the harvest of true success. One note should be made, however - it is not enough to merely read this book - one must apply the principles within and be consistent as well. While the principles do not promise overnight success, they will lead the reader toward the ultimate goal. Hard work and dedication will help the reader achieve the success desired.
The Introduction is Worth the Price of the Book Feb 13, 2006
Level Six Performance is a great book and the tools that Dr. Long offers can be applied to any performance situation that I'm in, whether it be sales, or continuing education and training, or leading a team that's developing a strategy for a new product launch.
However, the real value of the book is found in the introduction. Don't overlook this part of the book--the introduction alone is worth the price of the book! Long frames the entire book with his explaination of Level Six Performance. The introduction makes it understood that this book is a performance manual based on sound information and research, not simply a textbook. More authors should do what Dr. Long has done--make the research applicable!
Anyone Can Achieve Excellence Feb 7, 2006
Level Six Performance is like nothing I've ever read. Steve Long assembled a group of Olympic champions that proves that excellence is available to anyone. It doesn't matter what race you are--Peter Westbrook is African-American, Lovie Jung is Asian-American, Billy Mills is Native-American. It doesn't matter if you're male or female--10 men and 7 women featured. It doesn't matter if you're young or old--Jeremy Bloom is 24 and Angela Ruggiero is 25, Phil Mahre and Peter Vidmar are in their 40's, Billy Mills is in 60's and Al Oerter is in his 70's! It doesn't matter whether you're a college grad or not--Will Carlin has degrees from three Ivy League schools and several of the Olympians never attended college. It doesn't matter if you're from the inner city (Peter Westbrook and Al Oeter) or the suburbs (Diann Roffe and Donna Weinbrecht) and Billy Mills grew up on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. Level Six Performance demonstrates that anyone can achieve their dreams as long as they have access to proven tools. Level Six Performance is a big tent where everyone can fit under.
Olympic winner stories of human interest Feb 7, 2006
>Level Six Performance provides a vast array of great stories about >overcoming human nature. It's just not a sports book although the chapters >regarding Bonnie Blair and Al Oerter cannot be under emphasized due their >heroic Olympic achievements-5 Winter Gold Medals and 4 Summer Gold Medals, >respectively. Jeremy Bloom talks about his fight with the NCAA over >student-rights. The story of Will Carlin of how he used Level Six >Performance Decision-Making tools to operate his internet marketing office >at a 21% profit when the company's headquarters declared bankruptcy. One >of >the most powerful chapters is the Peter Westbrook story of how he grew up >in >the Newark Projects and how he became a positive force in his community. >Dr. Long brings a collection of Olympic human interest stories that haven't yet been told >and presents them to the readers in an easy-to-digest manner.