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MOBI ô DOC The Captain Class × DANPASHLEY í [Read] ➪ The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership Author Sam Walker – Danpashley.co.uk Abold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sportsnamed one of the best business books of the year by CNBC The New York Times Forbes strategybusiness TheAbold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sportsnamed one of the best business books of the year by CNBC The New York Times Forbes strategybusiness The Globe and Mailand Sports IllustratedThe book taught me that theres no cookie cutter way to lead Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you Its not the big pregame speech Its how you carry yourself every day how you treat the people around you who you are as a personMitchell Trubisky uarterback Chicago Bears Now featuring analysis of the five time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain Tom BradyThe seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common Each employed the same type of captaina 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 ualities of the Captain Classfrom 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 The Captain Classwill challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like Praise for The Captain Class Wildly entertaining and thought provokingmakes you reexamine long held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams togetherTheo Epsteinpresident of baseball operationsChicago Cubs If you care about leadership talent development or the art of competition you need to read this immediatelyDaniel Coyle author of The Culture Code The insights in this book are tremendousBob Myers general manager Golden State Warriors An awesome bookI find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out of the norm leaderCarli Lloyd co captain US Soccer Womens National Team A great readSam 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 clichs This one is freshJeff Immelt chairman and former CEO General Electric I cant tell you how much I loved The Captain Class It identifies something many people whove been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our cultureDerek Falvey chief baseball officer Minnesota Twins Sometimes you have this idea but can't put it to words Others you have an intuition about how things work but not sure about it As a huge FC Barcelona fan as well as New York Yankees fan could finally understand why my favourite player for Barcelona is Carles Puyol and NOT Leonel Messi as well as why Derek Jeter may be a Hall of Famer but not necessarily a good captainAdditionally now I can understand why Paul O'Neill was a very fiery player but his demeanor is completely different as broadcasterIf you like sports and management this is must read

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Abold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sportsnamed one of the best business books of the year by CNBC The New York Times Forbes strategybusiness The Globe and Mailand Sports IllustratedThe book taught me that theres no cookie cutter way to lead Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you Its not the big pregame speech Its how you carry yourself every day how you treat the people around you who you are as a personMitchell Trubisky uarterback Chicago Bears Now featuring analysis of the five time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain Tom BradyThe seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common Each employed the same type of captaina 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 ualities of the Captain Classfrom 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 The Captain Classwill challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like Praise for The Captain Class Wildly entertaining and thought provokingmakes you reexamine long held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams togetherTheo Epsteinpresident of baseball operationsChicago Cubs If you care about leadership talent development or the art of competition you need to read this immediatelyDaniel Coyle author of The Culture Code The insights in this book are tremendousBob Myers general manager Golden State Warriors An awesome bookI find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out of the norm leaderCarli Lloyd co captain US Soccer Womens National Team A great readSam 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 clichs This one is freshJeff Immelt chairman and former CEO General Electric I cant tell you how much I loved The Captain Class It identifies something many people whove been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our cultureDerek Falvey chief baseball officer Minnesota Twins Leadership is the new blackCEOs with lower pay run companies with better performanceIn “Buddhist economics” I read that a recent study of CEO pay value of total annual compensation and the performance of the CEO’s company shows that as CEO pay goes up the company performance goes down CEOs with lower pay run companies with better performance Makes you thinkCelebrity leadershipI have always doubted the myth of the celebrity leader There is is no “I” in team The dictionary definition of “team” is about as bare bones as it gets It’s defined as any group that works together on a task That is why I am fascinated by why family business work Why businesses that operate as a family read team workSport and militaryI have also seen how leadership does not work in a lot of large corporations Those CEOs could learn a lot from the world of sport and the militaryThe Captain Class The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest TeamsHence “The Captain Class The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams” by Sam Walker a book that studies teams that have performed consistently at the highest level for a sustained period of time and the correlation with the leadership or captain in the team He calls them Tier One teams Teams like The Boston Celtics basketball The New York Yankees baseball Brazil soccer The Soviet Union ice hockey The Pittsburgh Steelers American football The All Blacks rugby Barcelona soccer Australia hockey and a few Thin marginsBecause the margins are so thin in sports it is fair to say that any team that takes on the world’s toughest opponents and wins abundantly is doing something remarkableThe glueThe notion that the most crucial ingredient in a team that achieves and sustains historic greatness is the character of the player who leads it The author found that Tier One performance corresponded in some way to the arrival and departure of one particular player In fact they all did With an eerie regularity that person was or would eventually become the captain Or as baseball managers say the “glue guy”The captainThe captain is the figure who holds sway over the dressing room by speaking to teammates as a peer counselling them on and off the field motivating them challenging them protecting them resolving disputes enforcing standards inspiring fear when necessary and above all setting a tone with words and deeds Yes good old leading by exampleWould they pick you?In your company if you knew you were heading into the toughest fight of your life whom would you choose to lead you? If you are a CEO reading this I hope it is youThe unusual suspectsHe made a list of all of the reasons these men and women didn’t fit the profile of exemplary leaders and why it seemed unlikely that captains were the secret ingredients of great teamsThey lacked superstar talentThey were not fond of the spotlight They didn’t “lead” in the traditional senseThey were not angelsThey did potentially divisive thingsThey weren’t the usual suspectsThe captain isn’t the primary leaderMythsThe book dispels uite a lot of mythsTheory 1 It takes a GOAT the Greatest Of All TimeSuperstars unuestionably made their teams better In most cases the leader of the players was not a superstarTheory 2 Talent over teamFor units roughly the size of basketball teams the collective talent level and the ability to work democratically turned out to be far valuable than the isolated skill of one supreme achieverTheory 3 It’s the money stupidWhen it came to freakish success lavish spending seemed to have little to do with itTheory 4 It’s the coachCoaches don’t win many games and coaches don’t have a significant impact on player performance Most of the coaches do not have a statistically significant effect on player performance relative to a generic coach Sacking the coach was no effective than simply riding it out The only way to become a Tier One coach is to identify the perfect person to lead the playersTraitsWhat are the seven characteristics of elective captainsExtreme doggedness and focus in competitionAggressive play that tests the limits of the rulesA willingness to do thankless jobs in the shadowsA low key practical and democratic communication styleMotivates others with passionate nonverbal displaysStrong convictions and the courage to stand apartIronclad emotional controlHigh effort is transferrableOne of the highest compliments coaches can pay athletes is to describe them as relentless to say that they just keep coming The virtue of doggedness When the going gets tough they don’t get down on themselves They view the unsolved problems as puzzles to be mastered through effortCan a captain’s doggedness make an entire team play better? The answer is yes the knowledge that a teammate is giving it their all is enough to prompt people to give themselves High effort or just the perception of high effort is transferableThe captains of the greatest teams in sports history had an unflagging commitment to playing at their maximum capabilityBracketed moralityWhile competing athletes exist in a “game frame” where they engage in “game reasoning” that allows them to adopt a code of behaviour different from the one that applies in the outside world One of the things he noticed about the Tier One captains was how often they had pushed the frontiers of the rules in pressure situations sometimes with ugly results They called this phenomenon bracketed moralityThe difference between a captain who upholds the principles of sportsmanship at all times and a captain who bends it to its edges is that the latter captain is concerned with winning than with how the public perceives themServing leadershipSuperior leadership is likely to come from the team’s rear uarters than to emanate from its frontline superstar One of the great paradoxes of management is that the people who pursue leadership positions most ardently are often the wrong people for the job They are motivated by the prestige the role conveys rather than a desire to promote the goals and values of the organisationThat is different from the serving leadership Focussing becoming indispensable Leading through hundreds of small acts of service and management You cannot make a difference with a single moveNo speechesWe have the fervent belief that the right words delivered in a stirring tone will create a chemical reaction inside our bodies that lifts us to a heightened state Tier One captains deviated the furthest from our image of what makes an eminent leader These men and women were not silver tongued orators or fiery motivators They didn’t like giving speeches They communicate with each of his teammates in much subtler waysTalkMost Tier One teams had open talkative cultures in which grievances were aired strategies discussed and criticisms levelled without delay These groups encouraged everybody to speak upFlowOne of the oldest puzzles of human interaction is why some groups of people but not all of them learn to operate on the same wavelength—to think and act as one Scientists who study group dynamics have found some evidence that over time when a group of individuals become accustomed to performing a task together they can develop something called shared cognition Other researchers have shown that when a team begins to master “unconscious” communication its overall performance improves significantly even if the skill level of each individual member stays the same In other words it is possible for a team’s members to become so familiar with one another that they can predict unconsciously how the other members of the group will respond to just about any event Members merge themselves into some sort of telepathic whole in which everyone knows what everyone else will do nextEnergy and engagementA key factor was the level of “energy and engagement” the members displayed in social settings outside formal meetings Circulating actively engaging people in short high energy conversations” We call it ‘energised but focused listening’ When it comes to being a successful communicator words are an important part of the euation—but there’s a lot to it The power of body language People who have high emotional fluency understand how to use “emotional information” to change their thinking and behaviour which can help them perform better in settings where they have to interact with others They didn’t think of communication as a form of theatre They saw it as an unbroken flow of interactions a never ending parade of boxing ears delivering hugs and wiping nosesEmotionOn the field they went out of his way to project extreme passion and emotion An emotion can sweep rapidly and wordlessly through a group of people creating an irresistible impulse to join in It is called emotional contagion Mirror neuronesThe discovery of these reactive cells or mirror neurones as the scientists called them offered the first physical evidence that the phenomenon of brain interconnectedness that researchers had observed in groups might be the result of a complex hardwired neurochemical system in our bodiesVisualIn 2004 Science published an article based on the work of the University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Paul Whalen and his colleagues who discovered that when it comes to looking at images that convey powerful emotions like fear the human brain registers them and begins to buzz with activity in just seventeen milliseconds Before we’re even aware that we’ve seen a fearful image our brains are already processing itBypass the conscious mindGreat leaders are the ones “whose behaviour powerfully leverages this system of brain interconnectedness” Several laboratory experiments and field studies have shown that when team leaders display these deep emotions effectively they can have a strong impact on the thoughts emotions and actions of subordinates Strong leaders if they are so inclined can bypass the conscious minds of their followers and communicate directly with their brains In a supercharged sporting environment where the challenge to the athletes is both mental and physical this deeper form of communication based on displays rather than words seems to have been a perfectly effective substitutePassionWithout passion even the best teams won’t win and the passion of one player can elevate the performance of an entire unit When a leader does something dramatic on the field it releases energies you didn’t even know you had It is a pathway into the minds of human beings that bypasses consciousness and absorbs the emotions of othersConflictAll of the Tier One captains to varying degrees stood up to management during their careers They helped the group navigate conflict Conventional wisdom tells us that teams perform better when they enjoy a high level of mutual love and harmony In fact teams that had high levels of conflict were often likely to engage in open discussions that helped them arrive at novel solutions to problems Tranuillity isn’t important than truth You don’t have to be friends with your teammatesAvoid groupthinkTo avoid groupthink some have adopted a method called “red teaming” in which a team working on a project will designate one person or a small group of people to make the most forceful argument they can muster for why the idea that’s currently on the table is a bad one By embracing dissent in this way these companies believe they’re better able to protect themselves from thoughtless agreement and complacencyNo egoWhen these men and women broke china they either did so to defend their teammates against management or to make a practical point about what the team was doing wrong These were not acts of petulance driven by ego They were acts of personal courage aimed at helping the team play better togetherRegulating emotionThe captain’s signature moment was a selfless demonstration of emotional strength Most of the Tier One captains had displayed the same level of mental stability early in their careers as they had at the endE Pluribus Unum “Out of Many One”Part of our desire to join a great collective stem from the desire to be nobly led We want to be inspired We are programmed to respond to brave steadfast and fiercely committed leadership—the kind we see on great sports teamsGapThe gap between what the author was learning about leadership and what was transpiring in the world led him back to a uestion he had first considered at the beginning of the process After all this time and all the energy we have spent on studying team leadership why have we not figured it out? Why are we still tinkering with the formula?Being famousFamous people depend on what other people think of them to be who they are A lot of people devote considerable energy to boasting about their talents and pretending to be great even when they’re not This posture culture is exactly the kind of mindset that has become tangled up with our views about captainsSacrificeThe truth is that leadership is a ceaseless burden It’s something you should do because they have the humility and fortitude to set aside the credit and their own gratification and well being for the teamAuthenticityGreat leaders the canon says show a talent for navigating complexities promoting freedom of choice practicing what they preach appealing to reason nurturing followers through coaching and mentorship inspiring cooperation and harmony by showing genuine concern for others and using “authentic consistent means” to rally people to their point of view The captains in Tier One displayed many of these traitsLeading from the backHowever these men and women often lacked in talent and charisma Rather than leading from the front they avoided speeches shunned the spotlight and performed difficult and thankless jobs in the shadows They weren’t always steadfast exemplars of virtue either The captains in Tier One as a whole did not convey the idea that they were born to lead They didn’t have extreme talents that were readily apparent to everyone They are not born heroes either; they become heroesCaptains are like the verb in a sentenceThe verb may not be as memorable as the nouns as evocative as the adjectives or as expressive as the punctuation But it’s the verb that does the yeoman’s work—unifying the disparate parts and creating the forward momentum In the closed unit of a great sentence it’s the only essential componentLeadershipA leader’s job is to help a team make the turn toward greatness Be one of those captains Lead by example

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The Captain Class A New Theory of LeadershipAbold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sportsnamed one of the best business books of the year by CNBC The New York Times Forbes strategybusiness The Globe and Mailand Sports IllustratedThe book taught me that theres no cookie cutter way to lead Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you Its not the big pregame speech Its how you carry yourself every day how you treat the people around you who you are as a personMitchell Trubisky uarterback Chicago Bears Now featuring analysis of the five time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain Tom BradyThe seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common Each employed the same type of captaina 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 ualities of the Captain Classfrom 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 The Captain Classwill challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like Praise for The Captain Class Wildly entertaining and thought provokingmakes you reexamine long held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams togetherTheo Epsteinpresident of baseball operationsChicago Cubs If you care about leadership talent development or the art of competition you need to read this immediatelyDaniel Coyle author of The Culture Code The insights in this book are tremendousBob Myers general manager Golden State Warriors An awesome bookI find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out of the norm leaderCarli Lloyd co captain US Soccer Womens National Team A great readSam 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 clichs This one is freshJeff Immelt chairman and former CEO General Electric I cant tell you how much I loved The Captain Class It identifies something many people whove been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our cultureDerek Falvey chief baseball officer Minnesota Twins Interesting approach