Why Teams Win: The 9 Keys to Success in Business, Sports and Beyond / Edition 1

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Winning isn't easy. The world is becoming more and morecompetitive, with a greater need than ever for people to worktogether effectively in teams to make organizations successful.

There is no better model for success in business than the worldof sport, with its bottom-line performance culture and itsrelentless focus on creating winning teams. In Why TeamsWin, renowned sports psychologist Dr. Saul L. Miller-the manwho teaches elite athletes and top sports teams how to besuccessful-uses sport as a powerful metaphor for the world ofbusiness.

Why Teams Win distills Dr. Miller's work with hundreds ofhigh-performance teams-in the worlds of sport, business,healthcare, and the arts-into lessons to help business teamsperform. Why Teams Win:

  • Identified the 9 key characteristics of successfulteams.
  • Describes how to improve personal, organizational, and teamperformance in each of these 9 areas.
  • Explains how and why to apply different strategies todifferent types of teams.
  • Outlines how to balance the needs of the individual with theneeds of the team.
  • Helps people work together and perform to the best of theirabilities.
  • Shows how to get the maximum potential out of a group ofindividuals.
  • Features advice, quotes, and interviews from high-profileathletes and coaches, as well as from business leaders.
  • Includes self-evaluation and team-building exercises.

Why Teams Win offers anyone wanting to improve theirpersonal and team performance a proven and accessible formula forsuccess.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470160435
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Series - Canada Series, #9
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 498,993
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Saul L. Miller is a performance specialist consultingwith super-achievers in world-class sport, business, healthcare,and the arts. One of North America's leading performancepsychologists, he works in the areas of performance, productivityenhancement, team building, and helping people to be successfulwhile dealing effectively with pressure, stress, and change.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Miller's corporate clients haveincluded Cisco, Nike, Sony, Visa, Canada Life, IBM, Envision,Investors Group, Cominco, Labatts, Motorola, Manulife, Telus, and24 Hour Fitness. In the world of sport, his clients have includedthe New York Mets; Seattle Mariners; Los Angeles Dodgers, Rams,Clippers, and Kings; Vancouver Canucks; Florida Panthers; NashvillePredators; St. Louis Blues; PGA Tour golfers; as well asprofessional teams in Europe, and Canadian and U.S. Olympians inover a dozen different sports. He is the author of six otherbooks.

For more information please visit www.saulmiller.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

The Nine Qualities of Winning Teams 11

Chapter 1: A Sense of Purpose: A Meaningful Goal 15

Chapter 2: Talent 25

Chapter 3: Leadership 33

Chapter 4: The Game Plan 49

Chapter 5: Commitment 59

Chapter 6: Feedback 77

Chapter 7: Confidence 95

Chapter 8: Chemistry 107

Chapter 9: Identity 119

Chapter 10: Character and a Winning Formula 131

Chapter 11: Different Teams, Different Demands 157

Chapter 12: Applications and Team Exercises 169

References 191

Bibliography 199

Index 203

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    wow, a must read for anyone working on a team or an org, looking to take they're game up a notch!

    Picked up Why Teams Win as I'm currently coaching my son's little league team. It has been helpful working with the kids, however, I had no idea how relevant it was going to be to my own work. I manage a corporate sales team, have been doing so for almost a decade, and can not believe I haven't thought of/come across some of these practices in the past.

    Specifically useful for me is how Miller defines the different types of team and outlines the different coaching/team building strategies for each one. I work in a org that's very top down, which requires one leadership style, but my specific group is very individually based, which requires another, something I never thought of before.

    If you work in business, or in a team setting of any kind, I'd be very surprised if you didn't find this of use.

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