Editorial Reviews. Review. “A book that will help you understand what makes winners, and what paths to avoid when you get power.” ―MindYourDecisions. com. I was promoted to MD Europe for a. German organisation.. My German colleagues.. Found it difficult that I did not behave as a “real boss”; effectiveness was. The Winner Effect – The science of success and how to use it. Ian Robertson ( ). * * *. Achievers. The eminent Harvard psychologist David McLelland.
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The 'winner effect' is a term used in biology to describe how an animal that has won a few fights against weak opponents is much more likely to win later bouts. Jul 25, - 61 min - Uploaded by Science Gallery Dublin At Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Profesor Ian Robertson talks about his new book. Feb 4, - 38 min - Uploaded by GAALearning GAA Games Development Conference /
Yet if we are to have leaders, we must elect people capable of doing a job and give them power. The author makes this point at length - perhaps too much so - including stating that all relationships are pow The researches and messages of this book on neuroscience and psychology are interesting, but I felt the presentation suffered.
The author makes this point at length - perhaps too much so - including stating that all relationships are power struggles. He could have given some suggestions as to how to strike a balance in a personal relationship, instead of just providing a dire example or two. We learn some recent research findings such as that being under lengthy stress from powerlessness, as well as causing depression, actually makes areas of the brain shrink and reduces connections.
In other words we genuinely get less intelligent.
I also hadn't heard that Chinese people think of their mother and of themselves in the same part of the brain, whereas the rest of us do not. What about their father? Not mentioned. This gives them a greater sense of collective identity. Something like a beehive maybe, though the author doesn't make this connection. Also, Oscar winners live longer than other actors.
Some good examples of how bullies manipulate and encourage others to behave despicably are provided.
While this is related to schoolchildren, we also get a look at 20th century extremes, and many of us will have been the victim of such groupthink bullying in our adult lives. If you put the book down and come back to it over a few evenings, you'll forget what the s power and the p power each meant, or contributed to the argument.
The topics often cover issues that seem self-evident, but psychology students have to justify their research.
The style is awkward with continual hopping around throughout the book: a natural evolutionary characteristic of cichlid fish is that some males are bright coloured and some are dull, the bright ones holding territory and attracting females. To understand this we need to look at who wears a red shirt and who a blue in Olympic sports. But before we make a conclusion on shirts, let's see what Tony Blair was saying when he met his then friend George Bush.
And the more you win, the more you will go on to win. But the downside is that winning can become physically addictive. By understanding what the mental and physical changes are that take place in the brain of a 'winner', how they happen, and why they affect some people more than others, Robertson answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others.
He explains what makes a winner - or a loser - and how we can use the answers to these questions to understand better the behaviour of our business colleagues, employees, family and friends.
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Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. I can't decide between 5 stars and 1 star. Sometime the book has brilliant analysis and ideas, while other times it is repetitive and tedious to read.
Some conclusions the author makes are based on very small statistical samples based on which one cannot make a conclusion! Paperback Verified download.
The Winner Effect
This book gives an amazing overview of how power changes people's psychology. The principles are spoken about in detail, and are delineated through anecdotes from politics, history, etc. Robertson includes psychological studies to back up his claims about how power deludes people's minds. In addition, the author speaks in depth about the neuroscience of success, particularly the effects of power on the endocrine system testosterone, dopamine, etc.
Highly recommended for anybody who is interested in learning about the science behind winners and losers. One person found this helpful.
For those who are interested in understanding the at times counter intuitive effects of power on the human brain, this is an unprecedented piece. An absolute must read. The book is a collection of interesting tid bits here and there. Overall though the writer's style just didn't entertain me and I found finishing the book to be something I was dreading. This is a book that could be halved in length and made to be 10x better.
The Winner Effect
This book seemed almost self-consciously entertaining, as if Professor Ian Robertson was trying really hard not to come across as the academic that he is.
As a result, there's perhaps an over-emphasis on illustrative stories that don't always follow a logical sequence. Two major themes that stood out were the story of Paulo Picasso, the son of Pablo Picasso, and the story of Tony Blair and his need for power. Paulo Picasso lived in the shadow of his father, never achieved any notable success or happiness in life, and died at a young age.
Robertson's speculation about how Paulo and Pablo Picasso's brains were affected by Pablo's narcissism and ego is noteworthy because success, fame, wealth, and power are so admired in the West, particularly in the U. Sadly, the Paulo Picasso story is almost a syndrome, repeated numerous times in wealthy, successful American families. Robertson depicts Tony Blair's excessive need for power as an example of the potential negative impacts that the hormone dopamine has on the brain and behavior of powerful individuals, leading to over-confidence and a view of people as objects.
The book does not go into depth on how to constructively deal with the need for power or how to reverse the affects on the brain of excess power. That may be the subject of his lectures, online courses, or follow up books.
Hardcover Verified download. Good book, really good insight on how the upward spiral if winning happens. See all 29 reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway. This item: The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure.
Set up a giveaway.Opening the Mind's Eye: Macmillan Language: Success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive. I liked that the work included Ireland and UK but I was keener on research experiments carried out on volunteers, than on analysing the words in Tony Blair's speeches. Are men more likely to be power junkies than women? The offices, each a breathtakingly glazed suite, were bathed in the soft green light of the nearby hills they overlooked so nobly.
The effect is as strong as any drug.