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Good X's and O's for your leadership playbook,
This review is from: Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion (Hardcover)
Are you ready for some football? Pete Carroll was the most successful college football coach of the past decade, whose illustrious on-thefield record at the University of Southern California was severely tarnished by recruiting and other violations of NCAA regulations. Carroll resigned as USC's head coach in January and has returned to coaching professional football for the Seattle Seahawks. Nonetheless, Carroll has written a good primer on his coaching method, which he calls the Win Forever philosophy.
Win Forever was birthed during the post-mortem of his firing from his first head coaching position in the National Football League in 2000. Inspired by the writings of legendary college basketball coach John Wooden, Carroll had an Aha! moment when he realized he needed to "pull together [my] own vision, philosophy, and belief system into a detailed plan for winning." He crafted his philosophy around his essential competitive nature: "I set about constructing a football program strictly based upon my core belief. Competition would become the central them of the program, and our day-to-day thinking would be driven by this single thought: to do things better than they had ever been done before."
Carroll constructs the book around four parts:
Part One - Before the Philosophy - "I have never completely accepted that it didn't work out for me as a[n elite college] football player, and to this day I still wish I could suit up. Given a chance to return to his school's football program as a graduate assistant coach, Carroll learned that instead of his finding a career, "my career had begun to find me."
Part Two - The Power to Win Forever - Competition became the core characteristic of Carroll's philosophy, "It is a mentality, an outlook, and a way of approaching every day...the challenge is to remain focused on maximizing [his players'] abilities in preparation for the game...we would practice with more energy and more excitement than anyone else in football."
Part Three - Win Forever at USC - Carroll insisted upon connecting everyone to the philosophy, especially his assistant coaches, which he called the "heartbeat" of his program. "You can try to position and promote players in ways that make them leaders, but I don't want to rely on them when it comes to winning or losing. I have chosen to rely on our staff first and foremost."
Part Four - Win Forever Beyond the Field - Carroll challenges the reader to adapt the philosophy into his or her own environment. "You will make competing to stay on course with your vision the way you live your life every day. How badly do you want it? Are you willing to adjust your focus to create the changes and reach the potential that you already own?"
I found Win Forever to be an open "playbook" from one of today's most successful coaches. While Carroll's halo may be tarnished, I was able to look past his recent travails to learn some effective X's and O's for my own leadership playbook.