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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Purchased "The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery" by Sarah Lewis per Coach Mike Dunlap's recommendation. I've just completed it -- great read with some blog posts to come.  My question is, what are you reading and what are you getting from it. I don't usually do it but I'm leaving the "comment" box open -- please feel free to let us know what book has your attention right now.


Coach Hall said...

Our team is reading and doing a TEAM blog on "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Simple, clear, practical tools we can all use with our teams. Getting good is one thing....being consistently great is a whole other thing. This book outlines the similarities of how several companies attained greatness and maintained it.
Lauren Hall-Gregory
Head Coach at New York University

Ben Guest said...

Coach, think you might enjoy "Practice Perfect." It's geared towards teachers and coaches and is about how get better at practice. Link here:


Coach Hall, love the book by Collins...have used some of it without team -- "Good is the enemy of Great." Ben, loved "Practice Perfect" -- great read for all coaches -- especially young ones just beginning.

David Day said...

I am currently reading, "Toughness" by Jay Bilas. The only problem that I am having with this book, is that I am underlining something about every page (many times more). In fact, I have started typing out everything that I have underlined, just to use as a reference. I am planning on using parts of it throughout the season to help our team increase its toughness.

Some things I have taken from the book early on...Toughness can be taught! Many times our (coaches) definition of toughness is very different than what our players definition of toughness is. Many times this is the first and overlooked step in teaching toughness.

Schruender said...

Just read Mindset by Carol Dweck and Talent is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell. Both great reads. I think that they challenge individuals to get the most out of themselves.

On a side note, I know you talked about how you have a secretary type out your highlights. I have found using the Kindle to be much easier for me since I don't have a secretary. It's keeping every highlight of every book I've read. I then turnaround and put these quotes into a Google Doc which I share with coaches and teaching colleagues. I put the quote in an appropriate space such as "adversity" or "discipline."

Ron Sen, MD, FCCP said...

Bill Walsh's "The Score Takes Care of Itself" explores his philosophy on leadership and management. Everyone in the organization is important from the secretary to answers the phone to the guys who maintain the field. Championship culture is no accident.