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"Jim's latest book, The Only Way to Win, builds on his four decades of work with high achievers in sport and business linking character and purpose in an extraordinary way."—Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
"If you read no other book this year, give this gift to yourself, to those you lead, your family, and to anyone for whom you wish to make a positive impact on their lives."—Phebe Farrow Port, Senior Vice President, Global Management Strategies, The Estée Lauder Companies
"Over the years of working with Jim, I have learned how to make a deep investment in character and push my employees and colleagues to achieve more. Jim has it exactly right—character trumps everything!"—Charlie Kim, CEO, Next Jump
"Jim Loehr has plumbed the depths of human endeavor and offers us an opportunity to confront our most cherished life goals and come out a winner."—Rear Admiral Ray Smith, US Navy (Ret), Former Commander, US Navy SEALs
Part I The False Promise of Achievement
Chapter 1 A Parade of Failed Promises 13
Chapter 2 How Did We Get Here? 31
Part II The New Performance Scorecard
Chapter 3 The Cry for a New Scorecard 49
Chapter 4 Character Comes in Two Types 71
Chapter 5 Building Your Scorecard and Training the Muscles of Character 81
Part III Character in Action
Chapter 6 It's Never Just a Job 115
Chapter 7 What Business Leaders Can Learn from Sport 135
Chapter 8 Building Moral Character in Others: For Business Leaders, Parents, Teachers, and Coaches 155
Part IV Back to Chasing Achievement Again-with the New Scorecard
Chapter 9 Getting Your Story Straight About Achievement 193
Chapter 10 Winning with Your New Scorecard 211
Further Reading 221
Posted March 4, 2013
I've often wondered whether professional athletes, top politicians, A-list actors and highly successful business people can compete in today’s ultra-competitive and demanding world while maintaining values and character. Jim Loehr answers the question almost definitively. He argues convincingly that you’ll win more often and achieve more if you lead a character-driven life and connect your work and life to a purpose. By winning the right way, you’ll feel the satisfaction that eludes winners who achieve only to acquire more, impress others, or earn external acclaim.
From the time we’re young and trying to make a sports team or gain acceptance into college, we’re under tremendous pressure to succeed. The stakes are high, the rewards can be enormous and the cost of failure is sometimes devastating. Dr. Loehr, points out that ‘winning is the only thing’ for too many people. More to the point, he argues that competing vigorously and winning is good, but if we win the wrong way we always lose.
“The Only Way to Win” might be the most important book of the year for anyone who questions what our society has become and wants to achieve to a different, better and more sustainable standard. Loehr reveals that 80 percent of high school and college students admit to cheating to attain higher grades. Worse, most high-level athletes admit that they would not only take performance-enhancing drugs if they could not get caught and would attain their goals by doing so, but they would take those drugs even if it were to cause their certain death in five years. Of course, the depressing fact is that none of this will surprise anyone who follows the news.
The best thing about Dr. Loehr’s book is that it does not preach ethics for goodness sake alone. Instead, he tells us how we can strive to win the right way and still win our share. He points out that the goals we’re most often measured against are not our own, but society’s goals – the nice house, fancy car, job title and corner office. There’s nothing wrong with those things but when those goals are also your “ends”, you’ll be unsatisfied even if you accomplish them (and even if you achieve them honestly). Whether you work in high finance, lead armies into battle or make decisions about how to spend public money, you’ll have plenty of opportunity along the way to lie, cheat or otherwise make unethical choices in order to further your goals. If you don’t have a greater purpose -- one based on values and character -- you’ll have very little reason not to cheat and lie. Indeed, as Loehr infers, cheating in those circumstances might only be logical.
Even with all the unethical behavior around us, Loehr demonstrated that we can compete while being a person of character. Indeed, as he points our. you’ll actually win more often and in a way that sticks. Better yet, you’ll finally feel fulfilled and happy because you will have won the right way.
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Posted May 10, 2012
This book is a MUST read for those in business, sport, education and parents. Chasing achievement blindly without a purpose leads to emptiness. Who will you become as a consequence of your chase? Read this book to achieve more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.