Getting Unstuck: Break Free of the Plateau Effect

Getting Unstuck: Break Free of the Plateau Effect

by Hugh Thompson, Bob Sullivan

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Just try harder.
Just work harder. Just do more.
But what happens when working harder doesn’t seem to be getting you better results? You’ve got to get unstuck. 
In Getting Unstuck, Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson show the different kinds of plateaus that can hold you back and how they can be overcome. Using case studies of both success and failure—including Derek Jeter, Blockbuster, and Google—they identify how to avoid pitfalls and to incorporate the peak behaviors that place breakthroughs within anyone’s grasp. If you’ve ever given more and more to a broken relationship, a weight-loss regimen, or a stalled career—only to get less and less in return—Getting Unstuck will change your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698183810
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

BOB SULLIVAN and HUGH THOMPSON are entrepreneurial analysts with 40 years of experience between them researching, writing, and analyzing systems and human nature.  Bob is an investigative journalist for NBC News and and the bestselling author of Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off.  Hugh is a mathematics and computer science professor and speaker who teaches executives how to protect themselves from 21st century hazards.

Table of Contents

The Beginning ix

Part 1 The Science 1

Three Forces

1 Do the Math 3

Uncovering the Forces that Drive the plateau Effect

2 Going Flat 24

The First Plateau Force

3 The Greedy Algorithm 50

The Second Plateau Force

4 Bad Timing 75

The Third Plateau Force

Part 2 The Engine 103

Building You Approach

5 Flow Mechanisms 105

Step Functions, Choke Points, and Mystery Ingredients

6 Distortion Mechanisms 129

Navigating Bad Data and Other Tricks of the Plateau

Part 3 The Achievement 161

Peak Bahaviors

Attention 163

The First Action

Agility 193

The Second Action

Application 215

The Third Action

The Ending 251

Appendix The Eight Elements of Plateaus 257

Notes 263

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Many readers will be fascinated by their descriptions of such underlying matters as acclimation, flow and distortion mechanisms...well-written and entertaining." —Kirkus Reviews

"The authors write in clear, engaging and sometimes irreverent prose as they dart across case studies from Amazon to Zappos...a stimulating read, offering some inventive theories and solutions." - Financial Times

“Sullivan and Thompson have identified a phenomenon that plagues us all, robbing us of energy, delight, and successful results.  Poignant stories, intriguing information, and insightful advice make this a must-read for any of us that want easier ways to keep the important fires lit. Warning: they’ve nailed stuff close to home for all of us!”
—David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
“Uncovering forces like The Greedy Algorithm that create plateaus in our lives is a great service, but Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson go much further.  Their book is an entertaining and valuable guide that will show you how to quit the struggle and get up off the ground.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
“The science behind how we can learn to excel at almost anything we care about by retraining our brains. A stimulating and useful handbook.”
—Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music
“You already know what the plateau effect is. No matter what the endeavor, we've all experienced that feeling of diminishing returns from our efforts.  Now Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson present the definitive guide for those who believe things can get a lot better and want to rise above their plateaus.  Turn your back on the daily grind for good.  Read this book now.”
—Ori Brafman, coauthor of Sway
Geting Unstuck is smart, bracing, and eye-opening­ with genuine pay-offs for accomplishing your dreams.  It’s also cheerful, funny and greatly entertaining.  Use it!”
—Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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