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Playbook for Success: A Hall of Famer's Business Tactics for Teamwork and Leadership Hardcover – October 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470635525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470635520
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make business success a slam dunk with basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman

Nancy "Lady Magic" Lieberman has a passion for winning. One of basketball's all-time greats, she took home Olympic silver at age eighteen, was a two-time national champion in college, led victorious teams in the WBL and WNBA, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. After retiring from the court, she became a winning coach in the WNBA, an ESPN analyst, a sought-after public speaker and consultant, a philanthropist, and, most recently, the first female head coach in the NBA's Development League for the Dallas Mavericks affiliate the Texas Legends.

How did Lieberman blaze such a trail and break so many barriers, both in sports and business? By developing and sticking to her own playbook for success. Now, in Playbook for Success, she gives you the tools to create a champion's mind-set, achieve peak performance, and win in the game of business.

Your own personal coaching session with this legendary competitor, Playbook for Success speaks in particular to women who are ready to play in any business arena they choose and push themselves to exceed any limit before them. With this practical guide, you'll get a tough-minded mix of no-nonsense inspiration, real-life examples, and hard-and-fast sports principles you can use to hone your winner's edge each day.

Start your training today with Playbook for Success and discover tested exercises and approaches to:

  • Get over your fear of success

  • Assert your right to compete and lead

  • Move comfortably in formerly all-male business domains

  • Discover, use, and improve on your own strengths and weaknesses

  • Build and lead teams to achieve goals and not give up

  • Help others achieve more than they think possible

Nancy Lieberman understands the natural connection between excelling in both sports and business. Find the proven sports skills to bring your professional A-game to your business, compete, and win with Playbook for Success.

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Praise for Playbook for Success

"[Lieberman's] advice on leadership and teamwork translates to any arena."
Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

"Nancy has written a terrific guide for success in any area. Her insights into sports are vividly translated into specific tips for business success, and her points are well illustrated."
Donald J. Trump, Chairman and CEO, Trump Organizations

"A commonsense, straightforward, insightful look at making improvements and excelling at work, at home, and in life."
Billie Jean King, tennis great

"Losers are easy to spot, and winners, like Nancy Lieberman, are real finds. Nancy has written a playbook on how to be a winner, not just in sports, but in the rough-and-tumble business world. There are some great lessons here."
T. Boone Pickens

"As Nancy inspired me when I was playing girls high school basketball, so she inspires me as a women in the sports industry today!"
Casey Coffman, Executive VP, Business Development and Operations, Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports

"Playbook for Success is a winner for you and your company."
Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner

"Nancy's combination of acute street smarts, phenomenal athletic ability, and straight-up business acumen makes for a great how-to guide for all businesswomen."
Martina Navratilova, Tennis Hall of Famer

"In Playbook for Success, Nancy Lieberman clearly illustrates how the values of sports—including teamwork, dedication, and discipline—can be effectively applied off the court to achieve success in business. Her passion is palpable."
David Stern, NBA Commissioner

"Nancy Lieberman's Playbook for Success is a 'Life Guide 101' for every female, ten to one hundred. Every page reveals a valuable lesson that will enable success from the classroom to the boardroom."
Muhammad Ali, three-time World Heavyweight Champion


More About the Author

Nancy Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in women's basketball. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1996 and into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, Lieberman is an accomplished basketball player, coach, two-time Olympian, broadcaster, and writer.

A native of Queens, New York, Nancy played hoops on the Harlem courts and developed a tough style of basketball that led her to one of the most distinguished careers in basketball history. At the age of 18, she became the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. From 1976 to 1980, Lieberman attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she and her team won two consecutive Association of Intercollegiate Athletics of Women (AIAW) National Championships (1979 and 1980) and compiled a 72-2 record.

In January 1997, at the age of 38, Lieberman was drafted in the inaugural season by the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) Phoenix Mercury. During her professional career, she averaged 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. In 1998, she was hired as the general manager and head coach of the WNBA's Detroit Shock, a team she coached for three seasons. Lieberman again made history on July 24, 2008, by coming out of retirement and signing to play for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA, becoming the oldest player in the history of the league at the young age of 50. She broke the previous record of 39 years of age, which Nancy herself established as a member of the Phoenix Mercury in 1997.

In November 2009, Nancy Lieberman became the first woman to coach a professional men's basketball team, the Texas Legends, an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. In 2011 she stepped away from her coaching duties to join the front office for the Texas Legends.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena Kinney on May 6, 2011
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What an inspiring book. I grew up near Nancy and knew of her because of basketball. She turned out to be everything that she set her heart and mind on. I wish I knew her personally. I am passing this book onto my 23 year old who has been a college athlete and wants to coach. Nancy is a true leader and needs to be read by every woman athlete.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Lozon on March 17, 2011
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This book is a great influence for girls trying to get into the game of basketball. It is also great for men. Nancy is the first women to be coach of a pro mens basketball team. She is unbelievable and the book is the same. Get it for all people into basketball but also get it if you are interested in a great read and you want to understand Nancy Lieberman and her tactics.
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