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The Anatomy of a Great Team
on December 13, 2009
On paper, the 1969 New York Mets appeared to be a mediocre team, at best. Their shortstop and second baseman were skinny little guys who barely hit their weight. Their first baseman was a cast off from the Pirates; a guy with power, but who struck out too much. Their right fielder was an erratic player, offensively and defensively; every play was an adventure for Ron Swoboda.
What the casual observer might not have realized is the Mets' pitching staff was about to come into its own; guys like Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, and Nolan Ryan had tons of talent which would manifest itself in a trip to the World Series and a stunning upset of the highly favored Baltimore Orioles. The entire baseball world was amazed; and the Orioles were shaking their heads after falling to those Amazin' Mets in five games.
Of course, what the Mets were able to achieve, as a team, far exceeded their "individual" expectations; and the rest is baseball history.
John C Maxwell knows leadership, and he knows it takes great teamwork to make any leader successful. The qualities which every leader needs to know to produce a winning team are packaged nicely in this wonderful book. It's written in the typically pragmatic Maxwell style---direct and engaging. After reading it, you'll realize you knew everything he said; but then you'll realize everything he said is rarely achieved.
Throughout history, the great leaders---from Alexander the Great to Winston Churchill---were able to rally their followers to accomplish remarkable feats. Looking back on it, the stubborn persistence of an entire country during a ferocious attack by Nazi Germany, helped turn the tide in World War II. Churchill's courageous demeanor during those trying times helped spark a nation's survival; and destined him for greatness. That's a team effort of magnificent proportion.
For any leader of any organization to truly understand what it takes to succeed, look no further than this book. Read it, and put into practice these critical fundamentals; you'll more than likely produce stunning results. It's really just that simple.