The Winner Within

The Winner Within Not only is Pat Riley one of pro basketball s winningest coaches but his speeches before hundreds of corporations from ARCO to ATT to Toyota have earned him the title of America s Greatest Motivati

  • Title: The Winner Within
  • Author: Pat Riley
  • ISBN: 9780425141755
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not only is Pat Riley one of pro basketball s winningest coaches, but his speeches before hundreds of corporations, from ARCO to ATT to Toyota, have earned him the title of America s Greatest Motivational Speaker The Winner Within is his formula for success It is a book about winning, leadership, mastery, change, and personal growth, based on understanding and conNot only is Pat Riley one of pro basketball s winningest coaches, but his speeches before hundreds of corporations, from ARCO to ATT to Toyota, have earned him the title of America s Greatest Motivational Speaker The Winner Within is his formula for success It is a book about winning, leadership, mastery, change, and personal growth, based on understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team any team, whether it is a small company or a giant corporation, a family, a city, or a group of athletes How does a struggling team form a covenant to work together instead of separately How does a successful team battle complacency How does any team overcome the thunderbolts that strike out of the blue Drawing upon the great teachers and his own experiences in and out of sports, interweaving them with dozens of parallels and stories from business and society, Riley shows how to ride the cycles of team change, balance role players and stars, build solid foundations, break through self imposed barriers, create change within continuity, and nurture cooperation within competition All of my contacts and experiences have proved to me, over and over again, that the complex inner rhythms of teamwork flows of ambition, power, cooperation, and emotion are the keys to making dreams come true, says Riley, and in The Winner Within, he provides the tools, insights, and plan of action to help master those rhythms It is a book of universal power and scope a new classic of the literature.

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    1. As a Magic Johnson fan I was very excited to read this book. However, instead of Riles sharing his winning secrets of getting through the bullshit it is instead a book about how he talks to the people in his lives. There are numerous mentions on how his wife is lovely, a closer look at his administrative staff, etc. It does not however provide a closer look at the individual who led the Lakers to be champions, but more of how people react to his persona and how thrilled he is to their reactions [...]

    2. "We must all hang together, else we shall all hang separately." --BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (p 55)"A great manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are." --REGGIE JACKSON (p 64)You're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as in-between (p 66)."Sweet are the uses of adversity." --WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (p 79)"The things which hurt, instruct." --BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (p 89)At the end of every professional basketball contest there are only two states of being: [...]

    3. Chris Rock once quipped that Pat Riley has lead more brothers to the promised land than Moses. Has a ring of truth. It's hard to name a bigger "winner" than Pat Riley. He was the celebrity coach of the Showtime Lakers. He took a working-class Knicks team right at Michael Jordan, and he put expansion Miami on the map, bringing with him three championships and some of the best teams the NBA has seen. Winner Within was written in the early 90s, or right after the Lakers era. There is wisdom here, b [...]

    4. Basketball has never been one of my favorite sports, perhaps attaining the great height of five and a half feet may have something to do with it. Pat Riley is a former player, broadcaster, coach, and, I believe, part-owner of various basketball teams. The Winner Within is not a natural for me to read.However, Pat Riley coached the Lakers, the Knicks, and the Heat to great success. He is a very smart man and sought after speaker. So perhaps not so strangely, I enjoyed this book. His specialty is [...]

    5. A must read book for all who have a genuine passion about becoming a leader in their respective field or profession. Pat has proven to be one of the best of all time in motivating his players and bringing them together for 1 common goal.'The Winner Within' will certainly appreciate the full contents of this book. His competitive drive towards excellence is second to none.I highly recommend this book for everyone in particularly basketball players (high school and up) and young coaches who have t [...]

    6. This is now probably one of my favorite books. You do not have to understand basketball or have any other sports background to read this book. Pat has a winners mentality and one that never stops learning. He lays out principles he sees that spur and destroy success whether in the NBA or a Fortune 500 company. Every leader, teammate, athlete, employee, whomever, should read this book. Pat lays out how critical team work is in order to taste a moment of success.I read it due to me being a Miami H [...]

    7. I loved it!This is probably one of the best books on teamwork, leadership and preperation I have ever read.It's a story of a team that lost, won, lost, then came back to win consistently and most importantly disintegrated.It's the reality of the roller coaster ride that is part of life and part of the performance of any good team. Good teams have a covenant and have several stars/leaders, they have just as much hunger as their competition. But most importantly I learn't that champions are not fl [...]

    8. Mr. Riley suffers from Lakervision. Too much came across through the lens of purple and gold. Good aphorisms, but not quite a plan. Not enough ink is dedicated to fans, competitors, or the Larry and Magic dynamic which made the whole league. Thus a major point against is self-inflicted.You can't win without vision, but the book doesn't exhibit the scope and vision that Riley himself benefited from. If this is the first success book you read, great. If not, you are better off shopping elsewhere.

    9. Truly insightful read -- Mr. Riley's construct of the 'spine' of his book was very ingenious and helped put his coaching career in a very near parallel with a cycle of success which I'd not read in just that way anywhere else before. This is a 4 1/2 star book that borders on 5 -- not quite a '5' since there was one (perhaps two) chapters which just missed the mark of tip top applicability to life, otherwise, it's superb. My highlighter was used a lot and there'll be many excellent quotes to shar [...]

    10. I received this book as a present close to 14 years ago and never read it. Then one day I remembered about it and decided to give it a try. I'm glad that I finally did. The book is an uplifting inspirational book about how to be a winner on a team and in your individual lives. Pat Riley uses basketball as a way of showing how it can be done but these ideas can be applied to any walk of life.

    11. I'm currently on page 27 in the book Pat Riley The Winner Within by Pat Riley. October 2nd, 1991 was Pat Riley's first training camp as a head coach for the New York Knicks. He is not scared at all because he is used to pressure from high school and he is not afraid to lose but he was always a winning coach.

    12. I don't like basketball and yet I picked this book up one day in a used book store. Very good motivational book that also includes the myriad positive-reinforcement types quotes from everyone from Shakespeare to Walt Disney. Good book for basketball enthusiasts as it uses some anecdotes about Magic Johnson & the L.A. Lakers.

    13. I saw this book at a leadership convention in January -- read just a few pages, and it was screaming with validity! I finished this one fast! Pat Riley provides great insight into the evolutionary needs of teams - what they need, and when they need it. This is WELL worth your reading time!

    14. Very much enjoyed the simple principle in here about not just having the winner within but how to transform that into a team winning culture. Sports can teach us so much about life, I'm able to use every chapter towards my life and career.

    15. I've read this book so many times as a player and as a coach, and I still come back to it as a highly useful and motivating book. I'll never give up my copy! I come away with something new to inspire me everytime I re-read it.

    16. Really anyone can read this book. It's great for people who have to work (or play) in a team setting. Great for coaches and managers alike. Inspiring and can be read by the those who play or work under leaders as well. (easy/quick read)

    17. Нелошо четиво. Има добри съвети и моменти, но като цяло стилът е тромав и се остава с усещането, че книгата можеше и да е далеч по-кратка. Книгите на Майк Крижевски са по-добри.

    18. A good read and one that suggested maybe I needed to look outside traditional "business leaders" for leader advice. Riley's book is certainly interesting and worth a read.

    19. Picked this one up at the Good Will for a dollar. Really enjoyed it. But then I love coaches, athletes and their stories.

    20. An optional-read book on success in self development for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.

    21. I'm a massive basketball fan, so this sort of book is magic for me: insight into the mind of an NBA head coach, one of the most high profile, high pressure jobs out there.

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