High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture

High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture

by Martin Rooney
High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture

High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture

by Martin Rooney


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Harness the power of Martin Rooney's acclaimed "Culture Coach" philosophy to build the culture of your dreams

Building a great team culture doesn't happen overnight. Culture is hard to create, and even harder to change. Great culture is a key component for success at home, on the sports field, and at the workplace. In a time when people seem to be more divided than ever, leaders who can build strong and lasting cultures are essential. No one knows this better than internationally-renowned coach, in-demand speaker, and bestselling author Martin Rooney—dedicating his life to coach elite athletes, Fortune 500 executives, military leaders, and every kind of team imaginable to their highest level of performance.

In High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture, Martin draws from his extensive experience developing top-level teams around the world to help leaders of all kinds foster and sustain winning cultures. This engaging, easy-to-read parable shows you that every business, sports team, and family has a culture. Whether you deliberately created it or not, it's always there and it didn’t come with a manual. That's where High Ten comes in. This must-have book is your personal leadership manual. Stop spending your day unhappy or complaining about a dream that hasn’t come true. High Ten will help you:

  • Create an environment where your people work towards common goals with friends they trust—have fun doing it
  • Develop clarity about the culture you want and put the processes in place to make it happen
  • Ensure your culture reflects core values and aligns with your organization’s mission and vision
  • Transform your culture into the "immune system" for your team or business
  • Learn about the "3 Cornerstones of Culture" and eliminate the "5 Culture Killers"

High Ten: An Inspiring Story About Building Great Team Culture is an invaluable resource for all coaches and leaders striving to achieve the highest level of culture—one where everyone feels like a valuable part of the team and consistently produces exceptional results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119806165
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/07/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 681,002
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martin Rooney is on a mission to make better coaches. He is a former US bobsledder, Division I track athlete, and creator of Training for Warriors. He has consulted Fortune 500 companies, including Nike and Prudential; coached the NY Giants and NY Jets; and instructed at military organizations such as the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs. Having trained NFL, UFC, MLB, NBA, and Olympic athletes, Martin honed his culture skills with his middle and high school teams.

For more information or to contact Martin, visit: www.CoachingGreatness.com

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction xix

1 Trackside Diner 1

2 Make the Call 9

3 Brick Walls 19

4 Arthur’s Bagels 29

5 New Lenses 41

6 The Checkup 51

7 A Little Push 61

8 Flea Circus 71

9 Home Cooking 83

10 From Me to We 91

11 Latin Lesson 101

12 The Diagnosis 109

13 Alignment 119

14 Selective Detective 129

15 Cor Unum 141

16 Trophy Case 153

17 Helmet Stickers 167

18 New Blood and Dead Wood 177

19 Changing the Game 189

20 Date Night 199

21 Cherish or Perish 207

22 Brick by Brick 217

23 Summer Fun 227

24 Two Gifts 239

25 The Rubber Match 247

26 The Holiday Party 255

27 The Letter 265
Acknowledgments 275
About the Author 279
About the Company 281

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“On every team across every sport and every business, a cohesive and inclusive culture remains the most fundamental objective. When a coach or leader wins the team’s heart and respect, success always follows closely behind. For building a powerful culture, I give this book a High Ten!”
―Howie Long, NFL Hall of Fame, Super Bowl Champion, 8-time Pro Bowl, and Analyst for Fox Sports

“Respect, inclusion, and teamwork are at the foundation of every great team. These winning hallmarks can also be difficult for a coach or leader to develop. Martin’s book gives you the tools to identify and solve some of the the biggest challenges facing your team.”
―Kyle Shanahan, Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers

“MMA is the epitome of an individual sport, but I learned it takes a team to get you properly prepared. A positive culture can make an average team reach for excellence and a negative culture can bring down the best. This book will help you build a team to succeed.”
―Forrest Griffin, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Fame Vice President of Athlete Development, UFC Performance Center

“Successful enterprises are built on an organizational culture that empowers everyone to embrace the purpose of a day as if they are part of a movement or a cause. High Ten lays out how to forge the warrior spirit that defines highly successful teams.”
―Don Katz, Audible Founder and Executive Chairman

“Winning at the highest level is not one or two big things, it’s a thousand little things done right. The details of culture are first and foremost. Culture is the heart and soul of every great team and cannot be left to chance. High Ten proves culture is not an accident - it’s an action.”
―Phil Simms, Superbowl MVP and Analyst for CBS Sports

“As the leader of any organization or team, developing a culture of trust and discipline is your number one priority. There are few things as satisfying as working toward a common goal with a team of people you appreciate and admire. Read this book and you will be on your way to building that type of team.”
―Lieutenant General Anthony Burshnick, US Air Force (Retired), 12th Commandant of the United States Air Force Academy

“Culture is a powerful force that improves teamwork and creates sustained success. If you want to improve your team, business or relationships, read this book!”
―Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership

“Being part of a great team gives you confidence and direction as an athlete. To be side by side with a teammate chasing greatness creates a culture of winning. Let High Ten show you how to be a better leader of culture.”
―Frankie Edgar, UFC Lightweight Champion

High Ten proves to achieve success in an industry that is both uniquely collaborative and highly competitive, it's critical to build a team that feels respected, trusted, appreciated, and heard. That feels cared for and inspired. If you can create that environment, anything is possible...absolutely anything!"
―Karen Baker Landers, Two-Time Oscar Award Winner for Best Sound for The Bourne Ultimatum and Skyfall

“Winning certainly matters, but building cohesive teams requires establishing and sustaining a positive organizational culture that will ultimately deliver performance. High Ten delivers with the ‘Culture Coach’ – an outstanding lesson in mentor-mentee relationships that highlights the importance of a lifelong learning mindset.”
―Colonel Nicholas Gist, Director, Department of Physical Education, “Master of the Sword”, United States Military Academy

“To build a winning culture, a team must value selfishness, integrity, loyalty and accountability. The great teams maintain these values during the toughest times. If your goal is to get your organization to buy into your values, the story of High Ten is your blueprint to do it.”
―Scott Goodale, Head Coach, Rutgers Wrestling, winningest coach in program history, and 2019 NCAA Coach of the Year

“Football is a team sport in which culture can make all the difference. I have watched Martin create winning team culture with both teams and businesses. This book shows you how to do it.”
―Greg Olsen, 14-Year NFL Veteran, 3-time Pro Bowl, and Analyst for Fox Sports

“To lead out of hard situations, I found a well-trained team with a culture of excellence, competition and resilience is critical to success. If I didn’t have a team with great culture fighting for me, I would not be here today. Hopefully you’ll never need your team to save your life like me, but the information in High Ten might save your business.”
―Jason Redman, US Navy SEAL (Retired), Recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart,
New York Times bestselling author of The Trident and Overcome

High Ten is a culture bedrock from which to build any organization or team. Through gripping stories and an experienced lens, this will have every leader ready to positively impact their own environments and better cultivate future success."
―Casey Brown, Head Coach, University of Pennsylvania Women’s Soccer, Patriot League Coach of the Year, All-American and WPS Soccer Draftee

“Few people recognize racing as a team sport, but a group of athletes, engineers, mechanics, and a driver all contribute individual talents to drive the team’s success. Successful teams have an unselfish culture where teammates can challenge each other to grow while holding each other accountable to the mission. High Ten can help you build that type of team.”
―Jeremy Bullins, NASCAR Crew Chief, Team Penske

“Everyone knows culture is at the core of every great team, but few people know how to build it. High Ten is your blueprint for assessing and adjusting your current culture. If you are a leader in any capacity, let Martin help turn your team into a great group of fire-breathing dragons!”
―Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, Founder of Fitness Quest 10, CEO of Todd Durkin Enterprises, ACE Trainer of the Year, and author of The Impact Body Plan and Get Your Mind Right

“Culture is the backbone of any team or organization. A weak one will crumble, while a strong one will give a unified purpose to all and help you achieve your ultimate goals. High Ten will make your culture-game strong!”
―Claus Souza, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Denver Nuggets

“BOTH HANDS ON DECK! - Martin Rooney is once again ON POINT and ON FIRE. In his latest book, High Ten, he clarifies business culture, team productivity and personal inspiration that you can take to a new level of success. This “story within a story” will leave you and your team members blessed, changed for the better, and in position to win.”
―Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of Get Sh*t Done and The Little Red Book of Selling

”The building of a team and a culture is driven by trust. Embracing and genuinely loving one another is the method by which trust is built. Martin Rooney’s book shows you how to build the kind of trust necessary to create a winning team.”
―Matthew Driscoll, Head Coach University of North Florida Men’s Basketball, winningest coach in program history, and 3-time ASUN Coach of the Year

“I’ve coached teams from four different nations and culture is the most important step in building a team. If the team is not on the same page culturally, working together toward a common goal is extremely hard. Let Martin’s book help you find the Keepers and lose your Vultures.”
―Todd Hays, Olympic Silver Medalist, Coach to 6 Olympic Medalists and 13 World Championship Medalists, and Head Coach Bobsleigh Canada

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