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on May 16, 2007
He is the ultimate strategist, always thinking ahead and planning every act of inspiration and conversation he might use to channel more out of his players than they were currently giving. In 'The Winner Within', Pat Riley shares his tactics for converting his basketball teams into units with an emphasis on the greater good. The highlights of this book came for me in the following:

* Pat Riley's acceptance of being in the right place at the right time when the Lakers needed a head coach and how preparation added to his own confidence that he could succeed at a high level.

* Riley's view on the strengthening process of one's mentality and how being thrown the wolves can be a very healthy experience.

* Making the LA Lakers a team instead a collection of self-serving, finger-pointing superstars. He mentions tactics he employed on each of his different leaders, including ways to use Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's moody eccentricities as a leadership tool.

* How embracing success hurt the Lakers in the mid-eighties and the ways Riley developed a plan to combat complacency on the team.

* How leaders in any profession must be willing to confront cancerous team members swiftly and thoroughly.

* Riley's methods of using strategic moments of temporary insanity and how this can be highly beneficial to the overall good of the team.

* When to know your time is done and move on, as he did when he left LA for New York in 1990.

* Setting reasonable goals that are both attainable and difficult. For example, his 1992 New York Knicks set the goals of being the most hated team in the league, the most conditioned team in the league, and the most professional team in the league. To a T, they succeeded in meeting all their goals.

Riley is very open and honest in this book. He admits that he knew his Knicks would have zero chance of beating the Bulls in a do-or-die game seven in 1992. He had predicted Jordan would get calls and go to the line, and that Ewing would get into foul trouble quickly. Both of his predictions became eerily true. He admits that you must know your place in the pecking order and follow this format:

#1. From nobody to upstart

#2. From upstart to contender

#3. From contender to winner

#4. From winner to champion

#5. From champion to dynasty

Riley's book is also filled with numerous quotes from histories great minds and leaders. Each quote helps highlight what Riley is trying to emphasize.

I recommend this book to anyone who is or hopes to be a manager in any avenue in life. Riley gives a clear-cut format to achieving goals as a leader.
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on November 25, 2000
This book has made the biggest impact in my ability to produce a successful high school volleyball program. Simply put,I had '0' State Championships before reading it and I have had '6'State Championships(in 8 years) since reading and applying Pat Riley's team philosphy.It is required reading of all team members and required of the seniors to teach it. Coach Riley will bring you through all the challenges a team will face in any sport and supply you with the foundation to build a championship program. In closing,if you are in business and you have not read this book you are losing money...if you are a coach and you have not read this book you are not winning as many games as you could.Tom Turco Head Volleyball Coach Barnstable High School Hyannis Ma.
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on August 16, 1999
When I am asked by business counterparts to describe my favorite business philosophy, I give them a copy of Mr. Riley's book. When applied to Sports, it obviously works. When applied to business, it profoundly works. We live in a day and age when the word "I" is used to exhaustion. This book allows one to feel honor in teamwork -- in promoting and supporting the efforts of the entire business group, and shows us how personally rewarding the dynamics of being on a great business team can be. Excellent!
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on February 19, 2001
As a MBA student I have learned the need to work well in teams, this book is excellent. You don't have to like basketball to enjoy it. I will admit, I hate the Lakers (GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!), but the analogies of teamwork and life go hand-in-hand with business and any setting where hardwork and teamwork materialize. Read this book with a highlighter handy, you will want to identify sections, quotes, and sayings that you will use in the future. Well worth the price and the time to read it. This is one of my favorite all-time business books.
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on January 22, 2016
I have a copy of this book and I purchased one as a gift for a co-worker. This book is great for team building, if you want to really build on teamwork and enhancing the relationship among team members it is a great read for a group to read and discuss together. I still refer back to chapters in this book from time to time and I will always keep a copy in the house.
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on March 16, 2008
The Winner Within actually gets 4.5 stars from me. If you like team sports, not even basketball, this book will get to you. When you're in business and are strongly dependent on good teamwork, his lessons can be transformed to business life.

Riley's success is known throughout the US. Being European and less familiar with the person itself it gives me good fundamentals for judging without strings attached. I think his methods work. His methods work, but they may not last or can be implemented in any situation. You have to take the best 60% of his method and mix it with your own beliefs and culture. This last 40% will be your adaptability withing your own situation.

I have learned a great deal reading this book, as I was soon to become a business owner with a team of programmers. Riley's methods definitly helped me in creating my own team and, as important, my own style.

Read it, absorb it, use it. Do not copy it.
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on April 9, 2014
The teaching and advice on servant-leadership, and team-comes-first (By Mr. Riley) are relevant, important and intelligent. I believe in teamwork as well, on and off the field (family, work, etc.), and coach Riley does wonderful job explaining his teaching points.

This book was delivered in super condition, on-time and on-target. Super super service, thank you!!

RB
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on April 26, 2013
Be warned !!! This book will change your life... I am serious Pat Riley is one of the most prestigious and influential people of all time. His dedication and hard work to success is well known and well noted.

Two words: Lebron James. After reading this book, you will understand how Pat was able to lure LB # 6 into signing with the Heat. This book was written in 1993, he has only gotten better at what he does 20 years later.

this is an instant hit.
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on March 31, 2014
Haven't finished it yet but the four chapters that I have read are great. Gives examples of challenges that he or other faced and how they dealth with them. Some go into the exact detail and some are just the general idea. Most of it is about how to sacrifice your self for the team and seing that at the end it does pay off. Examples given from athletic teams and the corprate world as well.
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on August 17, 2014
Great read, Riley is a legend! This book motivates you and gives you an extra push to go on push yourself and your limits. At the same time gives you a glimpse into what matters and motivates him. 20Yrs old this book and still rings through, highly recommend.
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