Choice Not Chance: Rules for Building a Fierce Competitor

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Throughout her pioneering career in college basketball, CoachJoanne P. McCallie has followed a simple philosophy: Choice, notchance, determines destiny. Choose to become a champion inlife. From her first head coaching position at age 26 to hercurrent role as head coach for the Duke Blue Devils, McCallie hasenjoyed sharing these principles with her winning teams and theyouth in the communities where she and her family have lived.

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Overview

Throughout her pioneering career in college basketball, CoachJoanne P. McCallie has followed a simple philosophy: Choice, notchance, determines destiny. Choose to become a champion inlife. From her first head coaching position at age 26 to hercurrent role as head coach for the Duke Blue Devils, McCallie hasenjoyed sharing these principles with her winning teams and theyouth in the communities where she and her family have lived.

Now you can apply this tested approach to your work and lifechallenges with Choice Not Chance. Going beyond McCallie'shighlights and victories, this book reveals the daily work herleadership demands, including the sacrifices, setbacks, loneliness,and joys she experienced as she persevered in developing herbeliefs. It also includes how she drew strength from other leaders,including Joe Ciampi, Tom Izzo, legendary Duke Coach MikeKrzyzewski, and, briefly but poignantly, iconic women's basketballcoach for NC State, Kay Yow.

In Choice Not Chance, you'll find universal, no-nonsenselessons for anyone who wants to be the best and inspire thosearound them. You'll learn to build stronger teamwork, make betterand more effective decisions, and foster competition as youdiscover how to:

  • Think reasonably and make decisions based on reason overemotion
  • Ignore the "scoreboard" and focus on what's important to be aprocess-driven thinker
  • Attract the right people to work in your organization by virtueof your principles
  • Lead under any circumstances
  • Create a competitive cauldron and love what competitionteaches

Joanne P. McCallie's career highlights how deter-mination, hardwork, and living passionately can energize us to go beyond ourlimits and achieve our dreams. Let her wisdom inspire you to pursueyour highest goals in business and life, and make your success amatter of Choice Not Chance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118087114
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 582,525
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne P. MCCallie is Head Coach of the Duke Women's Basketballteam. The ACC Coach of the Year in 2010 and AP National Coach ofthe Year in 2005, she's in her fifth season at the helm of the BlueDevils' program. McCallie became the first coach in DivisionIhistory to be crowned champion in four different conferences, aswell as the first coach in NCAA history to garner "coach of theyear" accolades in four different leagues. She has accumulated morethan 450 wins as a head coach at Maine, Michigan State, and Duke.As a coach and player, McCallie has led her teams to nineteenconference titles, three NCAA Final Fours, and three NCAA NationalChampionship Games.

Rob Rains is the author of twenty-eight nonfiction booksincluding autobiographies of Ozzie Smith and Jack Buck. He iscurrently sports editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, anonline daily newspaper, and an adjunct professor in the school ofcommunications at Webster University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mike Krzyzewski xiii

Preface xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Be Ready for Change and Adventure 9

Opportunity Knocks 10

My First Meeting with Coach K 13

Chapter 2 Creating "Choice Not Chance" 17

We Are All Products of the Choices We Make 18

Chapter 3 The Underdog, Fighter Mentality 23

A Navy Brat Grows Up 24

Wherever They Live, Kids Need to Be Motivated 26

Role Models Help Me Develop My Skills 27

Nurturing Interest and a Desire to Improve 31

Graduation Approaches 34

Chapter 4 Nobody Likes Whiners 39

Arriving at Northwestern and Fighting for Playing Time40

A Coaching Change 42

My First (Bittersweet) Taste of the NCAA Tournament46

Chapter 5 Money Alone Won't Make You Happy 51

What Am I Going to Do with My Life? 52

Following a Passion: My Return to Basketball 54

Chapter 6 Never Be Afraid to Try Something and Make a Mistake59

Making a Commitment and Sticking with It 60

Things Begin to Make Sense 63

A Nearly Fatal Mistake 67

Chapter 7 Seek Out Mentors: Th ere Is No Substitute forExperience 73

Why the Scoreboard Is Irrelevant: Play the Game to Attack andCompete 74

Learning from Failure 77

Seek Out the Wisdom of Others 83

Chapter 8 Not All of Your Players (or Employees) Will GetAlong with Each Other 93

Th e Other Side of Success 94

Learning Balance, Restoring Energy 97

Expectations for the Future 99

Chapter 9 Life Is More than the Game 107

Away from the Court, My Priorities Change 108

Team in Transition 109

New Developments on the Court and in My Life 113

Chapter 10 Set High Team Goals While Motivating on anIndividual Level: No Two Players ( Just Like No TwoEmployees)

Are Exactly Alike 123

Arriving at Michigan State 124

Lessons from Tom Izzo and Lonny Rosen 126

Motivating a New Team 129

Managing Conflict 133

Chapter 11 Everybody Has to Be Challenged to See How GoodThey Can Become 139

Challenges and Progress at Michigan State 140

Always Measure Your Accomplishments 143

Chapter 12 Step Back and Reassess Your Priorities 147

How Can We Improve? What Can We Do Better? 148

Refusing to Give Up, No Matter the Opponent 150

Chapter 13 A Message from Coach Smith and Coach Wooden159

Winning Isn’t Always about Who Has the Best or MostTalented Players 160

Coming Close Creates Added Motivation 163

Chapter 14 Coach K Teaches, "Do What You Came Here to Do"167

Moving On 168

Meeting Another Challenge 174

Getting to Work at Duke 175

Coach K Gives Me the Message I Need When I Need It179

My First Big Win at Duke 180

Transition at Work and at Home 182

Chapter 15 You Have to Seek Out the Changes—and See HowYou Need to React to Them—to Make the Team (and Your World)Better 187

Chapter 16 Recruiting Is a True Test of Will, Discipline,Character, and Evaluation Ability 197

Getting the Right Group of Players 198

Chapter 17 Competitive Cauldron 207

Acknowledgments 219

University of Maine and Michigan State University 220

Duke University 221

Index 223

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