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The pro-basketball coach and popular motivational speaker presents his recipe for leadership, personal growth, and control of shifting dynamics, showing how to forge strong groups that can work together to create success.
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I've listend to Pat Riley speak on Charlie Rose's show on PBS and have been impressed with his ability to discuss the concepts of teamwork and leadership and obviously his winning record with different teams speaks for itself but somehow this book was unsatisfying. Oh, I think he has identified a number of significant areas in regard to team play like the "Disease of Me" (selfishness that ruins team play), the team's Core Covenant (which can be both good and bad -- how many of us work in environments whose only core covenant is "cover your a#$"), and complacency (when teams begin to taste success) but what got me was his use of the Lakers of the 80s to illustrate his points. What I couldn't help thinking was that Riley wasn't using his theories (The Egg) to shape his leadership of the Lakers but rather he used his experience with the Lakers (The Chicken) to create his theories. So which came first? Everything he outlines in his theory is matched by an experience he has had with his team. Doesn't this sound a bit too much like revisionist history? I particularly found it hard to swallow when he rationalized his leaving of the Lakers as a moment when a "team player" must go solo (Moving On). I had the sense that had he stayed with the Lakers his book would have added another chapter on perservering rather than leaving. A good theory informs and influences our practices. I think Mr. Riley has gone in the opposite direction and used a good practice (experience) to inform his theory. Unfortunately, I think this makes his book MUCH LESS APPLICABLE to all of us who want to learn how to lead teams and become winners. Just maybe, Pat, you won because of guys named Magic, Jabbar and Worhy rather than any theories about winning . . . What do you think?Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Pat Riley, one of the NBA's all-time great coaches, presents his game plan for winning and consciously creating success. Riley sometimes gets a little preachy, but he is an extremely focused individual, and explains how his principles and team motivation methods have made him a winner.
Pat Riley has been a winner as a player and as a coach. He's one of the few people I know who can tell you why he's a winner. Some people call that being a conscious competent. He's good and he knows why he's good. A person like that can teach others. He won as a player at Kentucky; he won at Los Angeles as a coach; he won at New York as a coach. That's a lot of winning. This book will help you develop the habit of winning in your life, which is the purpose of a self-help book. He gets a little technical at places which is why I only rated the book an "8." But it's worth the read. One of the best "coach books" I've read.
When I am asked by business counterparts to describe my favorite business philosophy, I give them a copy of Mr. Riley's book. When applied to Sports, it obviously works. When applied to business, it profoundly works. We live in a day and age when the word "I" is used to exhaustion. This book allows one to feel honor in teamwork -- in promoting and supporting the efforts of the entire business group, and shows us how personally rewarding the dynamics of being on a great business team can be. Excellent!