Speaker: ‘Deliberate’ Development Yields Top Performance

Dr. Karen Stout

POTTSTOWN PA – What makes top performers, well, tops? The president of Montgomery County Community College contends that professional development is the difference between the greats and the also-rans.

MCCC’s Dr. Karen Stout will be the featured speaker Thursday (Dec. 15, 2011) during the monthly Women of the Workplace luncheon conducted by the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club, Prospect and Adams Streets, Pottstown. Tickets cost between $28 and $36, and reservations remain available for the members-only event; call 610-326-5158.

Stout’s presentation, titled “The ‘Deliberate Practice’ of Professional Development,” is based on the Geoff Colvin book, “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.” It’s a quick read, she claims, which makes the case that what primarily sets great performers apart is their engagement in deliberate practice: practice that is designed with intent, is repeated, is highly demanding, and isn’t necessarily fun.

The talk is sponsored for the chamber by Schultz Technology Solutions LLC.