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Reach for the Summit: The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do
     

Reach for the Summit: The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do

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by Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins (With)
 

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Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, was a phenomenon in women's basketball.  Her ferociously competitive teams won three NCAA championships in a row--1996, 1997, and 1998.  The 1997-98 Lady Vols posted a historic 39-0 record, prompting the New York Times, among many others, to proclaim them "the best women's college team ever

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Reach for the Summit: The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BelindaEllsworth More than 1 year ago
I encourage you to overlook the fact that it's a "sports" book and take the time to read Reach For The Summit - The Definitive Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do by Pat Summitt. It is one of my favorite types of books - it's filled with lots of personal stories to back up the lessons. There are wonderful examples that help make all the great advice more useful and memorable. And the stories are so interesting! Pat Summitt is a living legend. As one of the most successful coaches in history, she is an expert on building championship teams. As head coach, she led the University of Tennessee women's basketball team to back-to-back national championships, coached the 1996 Olympic team, and is the most well-known female sports coach of all time. Her experience as a phenomenal head coach positions her uniquely as an authority on how to motivate others and get the best out of a team. She uses a Definitve Dozen system, presented within the context of powerful personal stories, to teach the reader how to coach and lead a team from a principle-centered, ethical, and motivational position. I loved her focus on specific strategies for successful team building and particularly the emphasis she puts on the importance of the cohesiveness of the team and the ability to work with other personalities. It's a reminder that the "team" and the health of the "team" is of primary importance for overall success. Her 12 success steps - the Definitive Dozen - are what she applied during her 24 years of record-breaking coaching. But, the steps are not just effective for sports. She's frequently asked to speak to corporations because it's clear that her approach can also be incredibly effective in business. It's particularly powerful in any business setting where motivating and inspiring a team is essential. I really enjoyed the book because it was such an easy read and she made repeatedly outstanding points. It makes it so clear that teambuilding is her area of expertise and that you can learn from her experiences. The real-life stories just added so much value to the success steps themselves. Also, for me, the book really provided insight into what makes her tick. From the outside, but from the inside - with the perspective she provides with the examples - you can see how intentional and heartfelt all the brashness and discipline is and how you can use the same approach to make a difference in the lives of those on your own business teams.
Macpug More than 1 year ago
This icon and living legend relates what it takes to succeed: in life, in business, in school, in relationships, in everything. Her principles work for any situation. The conversational tone of the book is very easy to follow, as if Pat is chatting with you over tea. You'll laugh out loud, you might cry, you'll definitely be challenged and motivated. Fantastic book, get it today and prepare to be moved by it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her system in true in sports and in life in general!!!
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Maddie Roche More than 1 year ago
Truely insperational!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a past college athelete and current high school coach, this is one of the best books I've read in a LONG time when it comes to being a player and being a coach. Both the player and coach can benefit from this book. So many times when I played collegiately, I struggled to understand what my coach was thinking.....this book explains it. After reading this, I had a new level of respect and understanding for the coach who continually pushed our team to the limits and beyond. This is an EXCELLENT book for all athletes and coaches. I've read this on three separate occassions, and I plan on reading it again. It never seems to get old. It's a constant reminder of life and that competitive edge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a book to help you to achieve your best, this is the book for you. Pat Summitt is the best coach ever - man or woman. She is a very motivational speaker and teacher as well as a wonderful person. Pat Summitt is my mentor and I look up to her very much. She has helped me to understand that women can do anything they want with a little hard work and dedication.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative from the world's finest coach. Coach Summitt has helped me to know that as a woman I can accomplish any goals I set out for myself. I live by her Definite Dozen System. Because of her encouragement, I want to finish my college education. Coach Summitt is someone for all ages to look up to. She is my mentor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable book she is a great coach and a good person. I recommend this book for people of all ages
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat Summit is a great coach who knows what she's talking about when it comes to basketball! In this book, she tells of past teams, her life, and about everything in between! Even if you're not a basketball fan, this book would be enjoyable to you!