For most of us, the better we perform the more attention we receive. Yet for many "Invisibles"—skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever enterprise they're a part of—it's the opposite: The better they do their jobs the more they disappear. In fact, often it's only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all.
Millions of these Invisibles are hidden in every industry. You may be one yourself. And despite our culture's increasing celebration of fame in our era of superstar CEOs and assorted varieties of "genius"—they're fine with remaining anonymous.
David Zweig takes us into the behind-the-scenes worlds that Invisibles inhabit. He interviews top experts in unusual fields to reveal the quiet workers behind public successes. Combining in-depth profiles with insights from psychology, sociology, and business, Zweig uncovers how these hidden professionals reap deep fulfillment by relishing the challenges their work presents.
Zweig bypasses diplomats and joins an elite interpreter in a closed-door meeting at the U.N., where the media and public are never allowed. He ascends China's tallest skyscraper while it's still under construction, without the architect, guided instead by the project's lead structural engineer. He even brings us on stage during a Radiohead concert, escorted not by a member of the band, but by their chief guitar technician.
Along the way, Zweig reveals that Invisibles have a lot to teach the rest of society about satisfaction and achievement. What has been lost amid the noise of self-promotion today is that not everyone can, or should, or even wants to be in the spotlight. This inspiring and illuminating book shows that recognition isn't all it's cracked up to be, and invisibility can be viewed as a mark of honor and a source of a truly rich life.
©2014 David Zweig (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
We all should strive to focus our energy on the job and become excellent at it rather than expect recognition we should teach our millenians this way of thinking and living
Un très bon livre pour quiconque s'intéresse à la conception de produits, à l'attention aux détails et au dévouement des créateurs qui les rendent possibles. Le narrateur est excellent. Il ajoute les intonations, parfois sérieuses, parfois rigolotes, qui de marient parfaitement avec les propos de l'auteur ce fut un plaisir à écouter. L'auteur raconte le travail de spécialistes de différents domaines (musique, construction, architecture) qui mettent leur travail en avant plutôt que d'être la vedette. Le moment que j'ai préféré est avec la traductrice à l'assemblée générale des Nations Unies, parce qu'il s'agit d'un monde complètement nouveau pour moi.
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