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Bochy Ball! The Chemistry of Winning and Losing in Baseball, Business, and Life Hardcover – January 1, 2018
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CEO. Bruce Bochy's down-to-earth approach unequivocally demonstrates that leadership - conscious leadership and culture matter.
THOUGHT LEADER. This delightful and insightful book is proof that you can preserve your humanity and humility and win. And do it under the spotlight and pressure of an unforgiving, soul-consuming entertainment business. Most of us have trouble maintaining our humanity and humility when nobody, including our boss, is really watching. The book is an endearing counter-cultural surprise.
PETER BLOCK, bestselling author of An Other Kingdom, The Empowered Manager and Stewardship
HALL OF FAMER. There is only one Bruce Bochy! He just might be the most respected manager in the game--ever. Players come and go but they all love playing for him. And, if you talked to every other manager who knows him and has competed against him, they'd say the same thing, "He's smart. He's the guy." Three different teams, three World Championships. Bruce is the link and in this detailed account of great leadership, Kevin and Jackie Freiberg show you why.
BOBBY COX, former manager, World Champion Atlanta Braves, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
From the Author
A friend for 20+ years, our relationship with Bruce and his wife Kim started when Bruce was coming back into MLB for the second time, as manager of the San Diego Padres. Boch doesn't like to do anything half-assed. He didn't want to just win on the field, he wanted to be a great ambassador for the club and build a great relationship with the media and the community. So, with a desire to become more well-rounded he connected with us.
- We have worked with Bruce mostly behind the scenes as a sounding board to give him a different, "outside baseball" perspective.
- Our dialogue has always focused on inspiring his players, building team chemistry, finding ways out of a funk, and taking the high road when handling tough questions from the media.
- So, when people ask, "How long did it take to do the research for Bochy Ball?" the answer is two and a half or 20 years depending on how you want to look at it.
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I follow the Friebergs via e-mail blasts, books, etc., and find their work useful to me. That's how I found out about this book. Like most humans familiar with him, I am also an admirer of Bochy (not a Giants fan, though :)), so it's no surprise that I would give a strong rating. Those interested in the man and his leadership style will find plenty of interesting insight into what makes him so nearly-universally admired, etc.. He comes across a regular guy who "made it" by following his own set of principles combined with some good luck. But there is SOMETHING MORE, and you will find it if you read the book intently. By the way, The photos in the hardcover edition are great and worth the price of the book if one is into that sort of thing.
My biggest takeaway, though, is that within these pages I found a full-access, intimate portrait (rather than a fluff piece relying upon 3rd-hand information and shoddy research) of the man and his life philosophies that would not have been possible without the full cooperation that they must have had to produce this work. It's full of interviews and straight talk and humor and frankness. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in forging an exceptional, well-lived life with integrity, fan or not - hence my review.
Now, don't you want buy or borrow the book, read it, apply it, and become be another living example in your own world that GOOD PEOPLE CAN SUCCEED, TOO?
Don't you want to be a little bit more like Bruce? I do.
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