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Extreme Dreams Depend on Teams
     

Extreme Dreams Depend on Teams

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by Pat Williams, Saul Reichlin (Narrated by)
 

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Their accomplishments are hailed as amazing "individual" feats: Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Thomas Edison creating a thousand patented inventions. Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Lance Armstrong winning seven straight Tours de France.

Yet all of these so-called individual feats were achieved through teamwork. Lindbergh, Edison,

Overview

Their accomplishments are hailed as amazing "individual" feats: Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Thomas Edison creating a thousand patented inventions. Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Lance Armstrong winning seven straight Tours de France.

Yet all of these so-called individual feats were achieved through teamwork. Lindbergh, Edison, Michelangelo, and Armstrong were master team-builders who recruited people with diverse skills, talents, and temperaments. They reached "impossible" heights through teamwork.

If you want to achieve a grand vision. If you want to make "impossible" dreams comes true, then you need the power of teamwork. Extreme dreams really do depend on teams.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Williams, senior v-p and cofounder of the Orlando Magic and former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls, offers a lackluster pep talk on the benefits of teamwork, reiterating that it can produce better results than individual efforts. He argues that the same principles that apply to team sports also apply to the corporate environment, government, the military, the religious world and families. Through dozens of anecdotes from his own life, he sings the praises of group effort, synergy and the African concept of ubuntu-"I am, because we are"-and describes how those principles can bolster entrepreneurial, creative and even global security-related ambitions. Too broad accolades to the virtues of passion, empowerment and character break up the anecdotal monotony, but as the author admits gleefully in the introduction, his enthusiasm leads to rampant overwriting-in this instance, a magazine article stretched to book-length by endless stories about professional basketball. (July)

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Sparky Anderson
EXTREME DREAMS DEPEND ON TEAMS captures everything I taught and believed in during my career as a manager with the Reds and Tigers. This book will soon be a classic on team-building.
MLB Hall of Fame manager
Roger Ailes
If you care about winning, dreaming big is essential. The themes in this book can make anyone successful.
chairman and CEO, FOX News Channel
Mike Golic
Nobody captures the essence of team-building better than Pat Williams. . . . Whether you're a business leader, coach, player, or fan, you've gotta read this book!
ESPN commentator and former NFL defensive lineman
Sean Payton
This is the best book on teamwork, leadership, and the human spirit that I have ever read!
head coach, New Orleans Saints
MLB Hall of Fame manager
"EXTREME DREAMS DEPEND ON TEAMS captures everything I taught and believed in during my career as a manager with the Reds and Tigers. This book will soon be a classic on team-building."
chairman and CEO
"If you care about winning, dreaming big is essential. The themes in this book can make anyone successful."
ESPN commentator and former NFL defensive lineman
"Nobody captures the essence of team-building better than Pat Williams. . . . Whether you're a business leader, coach, player, or fan, you've gotta read this book!"
head coach
"This is the best book on teamwork, leadership, and the human spirit that I have ever read!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440787881
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
02/03/2010

Meet the Author

Pat Williams is senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, an NBA team he cofounded in 1987. Pat has been involved in professional sports for forty-five years and has been affiliated with NBA teams in Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, including the 1983 World Champion Philadelphia 76ers. He is one of America's top motivational and inspirational speakers and the author of thirty-five books. Pat and his wife, Ruth, live in Winter Park, Florida. They have nineteen children, including fourteen adopted from four foreign countries, ranging in age from twenty-one through thirty-five.

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Extreme Dreams Depend on Teams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
This book was at the same time inspirational, motivational and just plain fun to read. As an NBA fan I loved reading all Mr. Williams stories about basketball as they fit into his theme of team building - there isn't a sports fan around who wouldn't love this book simply from that aspect. But I also loved reading this book because it's inspirational. It can be applied to everyday life. Mr. Williams message of dreaming extreme and then putting together the team to do that can be used in almost any situation. Whether it's starting a new business, developing a winning sports team, or building a beatiful house, Mr. Williams advice carries through. Dream big and then lay the groundwork and gather the people around you to make that dream come true. Personally, I'm at a point in my life where I'm making some big decisions, and I've started applying some of the ideas from Extreme Dreams Depend on Teams. I'm starting by gathering the people who I need to help me achieve that goal. I'm taking the time and doing the planning and then it will happen. I'd recommend this book to everyone even if just for the sports stories, because I can almost guarantee that anyone who reads this will walk away a bit more inspired and motivated.