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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2009

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<p><b>What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.</p><p>Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.</p><p>• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>• Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.</p><p>• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.</p><p>These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.</p><p>Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.</p>
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

Language

English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />When <i>Sports Illustrated</i> declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article’s author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn’t even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?<br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win—and not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts’ critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had value—but so did the gut.<br /><br />The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, José Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrán and Justin Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.<br /><br />Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation—and written with years of access to the team’s stars and executives—<i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella

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English

Pages

234

Publication Date

September 17, 2007

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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.<BR><BR>Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game <i>and</i> have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:<BR> <BR>-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.<BR> <BR>-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good.<BR> <BR>-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.<BR> <BR>-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.<BR> <BR>Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, <i>Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect</i> will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in...
by Michael McTeigue

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English

Pages

114

Publication Date

November 24, 2010

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If you love golf, but have never played to your potential, here is a book you will quickly come to treasure.<br /><br />The biggest paradox in golf is that the harder you try to "hit" the ball, the worse you do so. In The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, Michael McTeigue offers a simple system of sequential body movements that produces a true swinging motion with every club in the bag. The result is increased distance and greater accuracy for all sizes, shapes, and ages of golfers for a minimum of investment in learning time. <br /><br />The clarity and simplicity of McTeigue's frill-free approach to the golf swing leads the reader to a new experience of power and effortlessness. He truly shows "how to build a swing you can trust and keep for life."
Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching
by , Stephen Harvey

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<P>Positive Pedagogy is an athlete-centred, inquiry based approach that transforms the way we understand learning and coaching in sport. This book demonstrates how Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching<I> </I>(PPed) can be successfully employed across a range of sports and levels of performance, while also providing insight into coaches’ experiences.</P><br /><P>Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, the book introduces the key concepts that underpin positive pedagogy and offers detailed case studies of positive pedagogy in action, with reflections from practising coaches. It also provides more detail and direction for coaches interested in implementing the approach. This new edition moves beyond coaching in individual sports to explain how positive pedagogy can be applied to all sport coaching, across a wide range of sports including basketball, baseball, football, rugby, boxing, swimming, track and field athletics, as well as strength and conditioning. </P><br /><P>Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching<I> </I>both improves performance and promotes positive learning experiences across all ages and abilities. This book is invaluable reading for all sports coaching students as well as any practising coach or physical education teacher looking to improve or even transform their professional practice.</P>
What is Open?
by Dub Maddox

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English

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Publication Date

April 14, 2019

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Technology is changing football. In the history of the game, it has never been easier to gather scheme and strategy information. Top secret plays, game plans, and play call sheets that were once reserved for coaches at the highest-level can easily be found on the internet. Analytics and algorithms fed into super machines are challenging the thought process of traditional game plan and play calling theory. However, the surge of information that is meant to help human decision-making is harming it. Dub Maddox continues the journey from Headset to Helmet and Adapt or Die. In What is Open? he shows coaches and players simple game planning and play calling process that accelerates answers in finding "open." In this book you will learn how to: Identify key frames of reference that read the reality of space advantage. Structure mental models that develop an intuition of open space. Implement three core run and pass scheme strategies that every play should possess. Include different personnel and formations to increase structural strain on a defense. Implement progression platforms that sequence plays into a storyboard format. Advance the ability to game plan an opponent using the R4 grid. Apply concept grids into a workflow that becomes the R4 play call sheet. ...and much more.
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lif...
by Harvey Penick

Language

English

Pages

178

Publication Date

November 22, 2011

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The twentieth anniversary edition of this classic work—the bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as “the golfer's equivalent of <i>The Elements of Style</i>” (<i>The New York Times</i>)—includes a new introduction by a prominent golfer, twenty new illustrations, and never-before-published materials from the Penick family archives.<BR><BR>The most beloved golf book of all time, <i>Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book </i>has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros.<BR> <BR>The legendary Harvey Penick, whom <i>Sports Illustrated </i>called the “Socrates of the golf world,” began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick’s simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.<BR> <BR>This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick’s lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III—whose father learned the game under Penick’s tutelage—and reminds golfers everywhere to “take dead aim.”
The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

319

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b><b>A bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports—named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, <i>The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail,</i> and <i>Sports Illustrated</i></b><br /> <br /><b>“The book taught me that there’s no cookie-cutter way to lead. Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you. It’s not the big pregame speech. It’s how you carry yourself every day, how you treat the people around you, who you are as a person.”—Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, Chicago Bears</b><i><br /></i></b><br /><b>Now featuring analysis of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain, Tom Brady</b><br /><br />The seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain—a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of pressure-soaked moments in sports history, <i>The Captain Class</i> will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Captain Class</i></b><br />  <br /> “Wildly entertaining and thought-provoking . . . makes you reexamine long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together.”<b>—Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs</b><br />  <br /> “If you care about leadership, talent development, or the art of competition, you need to read this immediately.”<b>—Daniel Coyle, author of <i>The Culture Code</i></b><br />  <br /> “The insights in this book are tremendous.”<b>—Bob Myers, general manager, Golden State Warriors</b><br />  <br /> “An awesome book . . . I find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out-of the-norm leader.”<b>—Carli Lloyd, co-captain, U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team</b><br />  <br /> “A great read . . . Sam Walker used data and a systems approach to reach some original and unconventional conclusions about the kinds of leaders that foster enduring success. Most business and leadership books lapse into clichés. This one is fresh.”<b>—Jeff Immelt, chairman and former CEO, General Electric </b><br />  <br /> “I can’t tell you how much I loved <i>The Captain Class</i>. It identifies something many people who’ve been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate. It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our culture.”<b>—Derek Falvey, chief baseball officer, Minnesota Twins</b>
Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Buil...
by Michael Lombardi

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<b>Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.</b><br /><br />Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in <i>Gridiron Genius</i>, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and <i>win</i>--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. <br />     In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. <i>Gridiron Genius </i>will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? <br />     To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script <i>everything</i>: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. <i>First stop</i>: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. <i>Spoiler alert</i>: He always nails it.<br />     Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, <i>Gridiron Genius </i>gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Per...
by David Epstein

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 01, 2013

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports<b> – </b>by the author of <i>Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World</i>.</b><br /><br /> The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?<br /><br /> In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

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