Summary of Invisibles
Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Workplace
From INVISIBLES by David Zweig . Summarized by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
To find fulfillment, quietly strive for competence in your craft and – eventually – for mastery.
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.
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