Talent Zones: 10 Tools to Help Kids Develop Their Talents

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7.31 X 9.29 X 0.38 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Lee Hancock is a professor, performance psychology coach, and program creator who works with students, athletes, coaches, educators, parents, organizations, and other high-level performers.

Dr. Hancock earned his Master's and Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is a tenured professor in kinesiology at California State University Dominguez Hills. He has had a private practice for more than 20 years, where he has worked with athletes from youth to professional and with classroom teachers, students, and parents of awesome kids.

Dr. Hancock is also an internationally recognized speaker and author. Most importantly, he is a dad of three high-energy, competitive, caring boys. Each time he engages with a person or a group, his goal is always the same: to help them be more prepared to perform their best--when it counts!

He lives in Los Angeles, California.


"A call to the culture to rethink our methods around developing youth, asking administrators, educators, parents, and coaches to reflect on misguided adult exclusionary tactics around nurturing talent and, in the process, awaken to new, more effective and compassionate ways of developing kids. Lee has clearly 'honed his talent' for summarizing complex information and presenting it in a down-to-earth, relatable way, making this book pragmatic, interesting, and insightful."--Dr. John O'Brien, psychologist and former Ajax and U.S. Men's National Team Player
"Lee Hancock starts with a meditation that flips the script: let's line up ten kids and decide who among them is talented. Feel confident? What if the kid tapped as 'without talent' is your child? What then? What if we rewrote the playbook of selection and opportunity and teaching on behalf of the whole group of ten? This is a profound and important meditation on the thing we call 'talent, ' which we assume we understand are able to see."--Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon School and author of Teach like a Champion and The Coach's Guide to Teaching
"Talent Zones is a book that could not come at a better time. In our world of competitive overparenting, it is so helpful to have a resource and guide to really get to the root of the definition of talent--where it lies, and how it can be cultivated, nurtured, and built in healthy ways. Hancock encourages readers to focus on the journey and not the destination, to embrace and view failure as an opportunity, and to help kids develop grit. Hancock has deeply researched for readers on a topic we all want to know more about: talent. What it is? How is it identified and sometimes mislabeled? What is the history of its meaning? This is a fascinating read for parents, coaches, educators, or anyone who works with kids."--Cynthia C. Muchnick, author of six education-related books, co-author of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World, and parent of Division 1 college athletes
"A thoroughly user-friendly combination of DIY instructional guide and how-to manual that will help educators and parents employ inclusive and effective education methods for getting the best out of a curriculum."-- "Midwest Book Review"
"This book can be used to build an awareness that all students have the possibility of being talented. We need to believe all children are talented in their own way and strive to encourage them to seek their unique gift and develop it on their own timeline."-- "School Administrator"