"One of the ten best leadership books so far this year." Bloomberg
Following up the popular peak performance book Organize Tomorrow Today, a new plan to motivate, set priorities and lead any team to optimal achievement
Watch a triumphant speech after a sports championship or business milestone and you'll almost always hear some variation of this catchphrase: "It couldn't have happened without the great team we have." It doesn't matter if you're the owner of a 10,000-employee Fortune 500 company or running a small business, you're a part of a team. With a combined 50 years of experience building, managing, advising, and troubleshooting teams in both the business and sports worlds, Jason Selk and Tom Bartow now reveal the common DNA that links the highest performing teams.
In Organize Your Team Today, Selk and Bartow show how it takes collective mental toughness to win, developed only through a clear understanding of the goals, limitations, roles and personalities on your team. Great leaders respect and embrace channel capacity, Selk and Bartow explain, which means they don't overload their teams with blizzards of tasks and responsibilities. They bust the "focus" and "relationship" fallacies, as those words are meaningless for teams unless they are byproducts of activities that really matter. And Selk and Bartow teach how to manage expectations, since doing so creates a level of respect between the leader and the teamand among the team membersthat is a catalyst for peak achievement.
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About the Author
Dr. Jason Selk is one of the premier performance coaches in the United States, with dozens of professional athletes and Fortune 500 executives as his clients. As the Director of Mental Training for Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals, Dr. Selk helped the team win two World Series championships, in 2006 and 2011. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, and has been featured in USA Today, Men's Health, Muscle and Fitness, INC., and Self magazines.
Tom Bartow left a successful career as a college basketball coach to become one of the highest-producing financial advisors in Edward Jones's history. He went on to help American Funds's Capital Income Builder fund nearly triple in value. Since then, he has become one of the most creative and sought-after business coaches in the world, specializing in helping companies and individuals excel in times of adversity.
Matthew Rudy has ghostwritten 26 sports, business, and travel books since 1997, including titles by golf instructors Dave Stockton, Hank Haney, and Stan Utley; sports psychiatrist Dr. Michael Lardon, and personal development coach Bryan Dodge. His book with personal finance expert Anthony Davenport will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. He is a senior writer at Golf Digest, where he has ghostwritten 25 cover stories since 1999 and earned national awards for his investigative and feature work.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Makes Teams Great vii
Part I Consistent Winning
1 Channel Capacity: Why Less Is More 3
2 Managing Expectations: Trust or Suspicion 27
3 Self-Evaluation: The Genesis of All Improvement 51
Part II Playoff Level
4 Turning Team Chemistry into Team Cohesion 71
5 It's Okay to Disagree: Just Don't Be Disagreeable 95
6 Developing the No-Victim Mentality 119
Part III Dynasty Level: Rarefied Air
7 Talent: Selection and Development 141
8 The Attack Mentality: "Attack, Always Attack" 161
9 Adjustments: What, When, and How 181
About The Authors 209