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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2009

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<p><b>What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with聽tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you鈥檙e coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.</p><p>Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world鈥檚 talent hotbeds鈥攆rom the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York鈥擟oyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.</p><p>鈥?Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn鈥檛 know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>鈥?Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment鈥攃all it passion鈥攂orn out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.</p><p>鈥?Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world鈥檚 most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these 鈥渢alent whisperers鈥?to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.</p><p>These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo鈥檚 to Michael Jordan鈥檚. The good news about myelin is that it isn鈥檛 fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.</p><p>Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.</p>
The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data...
by , Travis Sawchik

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>Move over, <i>Moneyball</i> -- this <i>New York Times</i> bestseller examines major league baseball's next cutting-edge revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.</b><b><br /></b> As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in <i>The MVP Machine</i>, the <i>Moneyball</i> era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league's smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.<br /><br />Lindbergh and Sawchik's behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:<ul><li>How undersized afterthoughts Jos茅 Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs</li><li>How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender</li><li>How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques</li><li>How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch</li></ul>Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball's best minds have turned to out-<i>developing</i> opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. <i>The MVP Machine</i> charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella

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English

Pages

234

Publication Date

September 17, 2007

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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella鈥檚 delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.<br /><br />Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or 鈥淒oc,鈥?as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game <i>and</i> have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:<br /> <br />-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.<br /> <br />-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives鈥攁nger, fear, whining, and cheating鈥攄o no good.<br /> <br />-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.<br /> <br />-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.<br /> <br />Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, <i>Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect</i> will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
by , Hugh Delehanty

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

May 21, 2013

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<b>The inside story of one of basketball's most legendary and game-changing figures聽</b><br /><b><br />A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller<br /></b> <br /> During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the 鈥淶en master鈥?half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players鈥?nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.<br /><br /> This is the story of a preacher鈥檚 kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.<br /><br /> In <i>Eleven Rings</i>, Jackson candidly describes how he: <br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙?Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s <br />聽聽聽鈥⒙?Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title <br />聽聽聽鈥⒙?Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync <br />聽聽聽鈥⒙?Inspired Dennis Rodman and other 鈥渦ncoachable鈥?personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves <br />聽聽聽鈥⒙?Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. <br /><br /> Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship鈥攕ix times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What<i> Eleven Rings</i> shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don鈥檛 know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.
Successful Coaching
by Rainer Martens

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English

Pages

443

Publication Date

May 02, 2012

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Behind the clipboard and the whistle, a successful coach is constantly adapting鈥攂ecoming mentor, manager, motivator, or master teacher鈥攁s the need arises. More than just knowing their sports, successful coaches have mastered their varied roles by gaining the skills and knowledge to fulfill those roles. As America鈥檚 best-selling and most comprehensive coaching text, <i>Successful Coaching</i> has helped over a million coaches gain confidence and competence. Now, the updated fourth edition can help you <ul><li>identify and develop a coaching philosophy, clarify your coaching objectives, and determine your coaching style;</li><li>enhance your communication and behavior management skills;</li><li>incorporate proven techniques for teaching technical and tactical skills;</li><li>learn tools for safely improving athletic performance through physical training and sport nutrition;</li><li>prepare to take on seven key management functions faced by all coaches;</li><li>understand your legal responsibilities; and</li><li>manage relationships with athletes, staff, administrators, officials, parents, and the media.</li></ul> Rainer Martens, a respected sport psychologist and longtime coach, offers the latest information in the sport sciences, proven methods for teaching technical and tactical skills, and essentials of sport management. You鈥檒l find information on physical training and sport nutrition with special emphasis on topics of concern, including hydration, nutritional supplements, and drug abuse.<br /><br /> Written by a coach for coaches, the fourth edition of <i>Successful Coaching </i>will help you think critically about your approach to coaching and develop the skills to fulfill your many responsibilities. Packed with practical information, techniques, and tools,<i> Successful Coaching</i> is your comprehensive guide to the art and science of coaching.
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lif...
by Harvey Penick

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English

Pages

178

Publication Date

November 22, 2011

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The twentieth anniversary edition of this classic work鈥攖he bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as 鈥渢he golfer's equivalent of <i>The Elements of Style</i>鈥?(<i>The New York Times</i>)鈥攊ncludes a new introduction by a prominent golfer, twenty new illustrations, and never-before-published materials from the Penick family archives.<br /><br />The most beloved golf book of all time, <i>Harvey Penick鈥檚 Little Red Book </i>has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros.<br /> <br />The legendary Harvey Penick, whom <i>Sports Illustrated </i>called the 鈥淪ocrates of the golf world,鈥?began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick鈥檚 simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that鈥檚 grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.<br /> <br />This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick鈥檚 lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III鈥攚hose father learned the game under Penick鈥檚 tutelage鈥攁nd reminds golfers everywhere to 鈥渢ake dead aim.鈥?/div>
You Are the Team: 6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Gre...
by Michael Rogers

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

June 05, 2017

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Finally, a book to help members of your team(s) and/or organization(s) to become stronger and more connected and committed team players. A must read for every member of your team if you are serious about upping the level of teamwork. <br /><br />You Are the Team鈥? Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great is both engaging and practical. Author Michael Rogers uses a variety of inspiring and entertaining stories to highlight each concept in the book. Thought-provoking introspective questions are found at the end of each section to help readers reflect on how they are currently applying each team concept. The end of the book includes an eye-opening assessment with 32 questions to gauge the overall effectiveness of each member of your team.<br /><br />After reading You Are the Team, members of your team and/or in your organization will think differently about how they personally contribute to teamwork. <br /><br />Inspire and move members of your team to:<br />鈥ork more selflessly by focusing on the team first <br />鈥onor commitments by doing what they say they will do<br />鈥e more honest, bold and direct in discussions, including meetings<br />鈥ake accountability for their performance<br />鈥roactively seek and embrace feedback from teammates <br />鈥mprove personal gratitude for leaders and teammates<br />鈥ring more positive energy to the team <br />鈥efrain from negativity and gossip<br />鈥ompliment more regularly and celebrate successes more frequently<br />鈥e more respectful and kinder<br />鈥emonstrate greater empathy and improve understanding <br />鈥o the extra mile for the team<br />鈥mprove personal focus on goals<br />鈥ring solutions, not problems<br />鈥nspire and lead<br /><br />Would you agree that team members committing and acting on just a few of these concepts would improve connection, collaboration and ultimately teamwork?<br /><br />This is a book for you, your team and entire organization. <br /><br />You Are the Team--6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great dramatically improves the way your team works together by changing the heart and mind of every member of your team. <br /><br />Many leaders struggle with getting members of their team to help and assist each other; to be direct, candid and respectful in their communication; to actively participate in meetings--providing ideas and passionately discussing important topics; to trust each other; to stop their team from engaging in negative talk and even gossip; and to have members of their team take accountability for their job and performance... to name just a few. <br /><br />You Are the Team--6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great combats each of these team issues, which stem from what author Michael Rogers calls the "Teammate Me Culture," which is when members of the team care more about their own needs than the team's needs and where teamwork fails as a result. <br /><br />Everyone knows that remarkable teamwork equals remarkable results. That's why organizations spend so much time and money on team-building and team-development activities. However, few teams succeed in actually improving their teamwork because team members have little commitment to the team or its outcomes. <br /><br />The sad reality is that many team members are performing far below what they are capable of achieving, and consequently, they hold their teams back from being extraordinary. <br />Order a copy for you, for your entire team, and for your entire organization.<br /><br />Author Michael G. Rogers is a former Director of Learning, Performance & Quality for a Fortune 50 company and is currently an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University in the School of Business. He has over 20 years of experience consulting and working with a wide variety of teams.
Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life
by , Bruce Feldman

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

December 03, 2013

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Newly-minted Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach tells his captivating story鈥撯€揻rom rural Wyoming to law school to the upper echelons of the SEC.<br /><br />SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to coaching through law school, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching and the choices that have brought him success throughout his career. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.
The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in...
by Michael McTeigue

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English

Pages

114

Publication Date

November 24, 2010

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If you love golf, but have never played to your potential, here is a book you will quickly come to treasure.<br /><br />The biggest paradox in golf is that the harder you try to "hit" the ball, the worse you do so. In The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, Michael McTeigue offers a simple system of sequential body movements that produces a true swinging motion with every club in the bag. The result is increased distance and greater accuracy for all sizes, shapes, and ages of golfers for a minimum of investment in learning time. <br /><br />The clarity and simplicity of McTeigue's frill-free approach to the golf swing leads the reader to a new experience of power and effortlessness. He truly shows "how to build a swing you can trust and keep for life."
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Per...
by David Epstein

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 01, 2013

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<b>The聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller 鈥?with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports<b>聽鈥撀?lt;/b>by the author of <i>Range:聽Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World</i>.</b><br /><br /> The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?<br /><br /> In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

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