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In an increasingly crass culture where everyone seems to be a preening self-promoter, David Zweig stands up for competent team players – the understated people who make sure that skyscrapers don’t collapse, that you’re properly anesthetized for surgery and that UN speeches get translated accurately. Zweig introduces readers to a number of “Invisibles,” little-known professionals and craftspeople with crucial roles in society. He makes a compelling case for emulating this breed of careful, responsible, largely unrecognized leaders. Zweig may take his case a bit too far. Some Invisibles he profiles are highly paid jet setters who rub elbows with the rich and famous. His underlying assumption that everyone everywhere – except a narrow slice of focused introverts – seeks his or her own reality show and a million Twitter followers seems a bit of a stretch. getAbstract recommends his study of diligent workers to the self-employed, the ambitious but shy careerist, budding craftspeople and managers looking for a different idea of true success.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who the “Invisibles” are,
  • What characteristics they share,
  • How to apply the Invisible approach to your career and
  • Who some notable Invisibles are.

About the Author

Writer, lecturer and musician David Zweig, a former magazine fact checker, released two critically acclaimed albums and is the author of the novel Swimming Inside the Sun.



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Relentless self-promotion and attention now dominate America’s work culture. Career experts bombard workers with ways to market their expertise and to sell their strengths, even if their expertise and strengths are unremarkable. A small group of workers bucks this trend. The...

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