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Reach for the Summit Paperback – March 2, 1999
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--John Feinstein, author of A March to Madness
Pat Summitt is "a genius of a coach."
--New York Times
"[Pat Summitt is] one of the best coaches in basketball history--male, female, college or pro. . . . [She has] an extraordinary combination of grit and tenderness."
"If you want to learn about winning and the elements for success, Pat Summitt can provide all the data to tell you how to win at any level. To put it in Vitalese, she is awesome, baby, with a capital A."
--Dick Vitale, ESPN sports commentator
"As a manager and master motivator, Pat Summitt transcends sports. The most experienced CEO can learn from her contagious work ethic and ingenious methods."
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One-Minute Manager
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And whether you happen to like her -- or not -- you just have to give this home-grown Tennessee gal her due.
Published in 1998 and written in conjunction with renowned sportswriter Sally Jenkins, this book chronicles Summitt's personal recipe for success, as described in the subtitle as "The Definitive Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do."
Today, seven years later, I seriously doubt if Summitt has altered her recipe one bit.
The Summitt system applies not only to basketball, or to coaches, but to anyone interested in reaching higher, to succeeding, or just plain winning.
I recently took a graduate level project management leadership class, which included Myers-Briggs and Kiersey personality typing. I happened to belong to the ESTJ type, as does Coach Summitt, which made her particularly interesting to me.
I am a coach myself, and a basketball fan, though not necessarily of Tennessee, which can best be described as the New York Yankees of women's college basketball. I follow the Stanford Cardinal, who enjoy a particularly healthy rivalry with the Lady Vols, and have watched Coach Summitt pace the sidelines up close and personal. A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at a local bookstore here in California, thousands of miles from her home turf, and couldn't help but walk away impressed.
And when I'm not cursing Summitt, I'm loving her. Who can't? A master motivator, tactician and self-confessed workaholic, there's not a Fortune 500 CEO alive who couldn't learn a thing or two from her competitive spirit, winning methodology and ethical excellence.Read more ›
In Reach for the Summit, Pat Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, draws upon twenty-four years of experience as a triumphant coach to provide motivational advice for those that want to find success in all areas of life. Structured around her "Definite Dozen" system, each of the twelve chapters covers one rule of achievement. Personal anecdotes, basic ethics, and numerous strategies are used throughout the book to provide a solid foundation for her system. One of the most apparent themes that is stressed throughout the book is the fact that very few people know how to achieve success repeatedly. Many people can win once by getting lucky, following their intuition, or practicing a semi-effective short-term formula. Because people have a tendency to lose sight of their priorities, grow content, and abandon their principles, Summitt's book accurately describes how to build a system of effective methods and stick to them. This book will have a lasting value because of its applicability to almost any situation.
Through her amusing stories and few painful memories, Summitt reveals her failures and truimphs as an amateur basketball player, as an Olympic athlete, as a Division I coach, and as a mother.Read more ›
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Pat summit is an awesome leader and provides inspiration through goal setting. I am not a basketball fan, however, as a manager and leader you have to find a way to improve your... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Addict
Her rules for a successful life and career were informative and I read them to some of my family members.Published 10 months ago by marie sparacio
Jim Collins referenced Pat Summit at a conference. A book for basketball fans AND business people. Humble, powerful and real.Published 11 months ago by Christine Yates
Pat Summitt give valuable insights that you can use to guide you in your quest for success. The examples she details from her life and coaching experience help you see connections... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ed F.
Very inspiring. I wasn't a basketball fan but now I am. Women's college basketball is very exciting. It is such a shame that Pat Summit's career was cut short.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book described what happens in Pat's mind. It explains the Pat Summit that is written about in newspaper articles and her actions as observed from the sidelines of Lady Vol... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Debbie Weyerbacher
Easy short read. Interesting inside look at Tennessee's women's basketball program. Useful insights into dealing with life situations outside of basketball.Published 13 months ago by Jodi Carson