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Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most Paperback – January 23, 2017
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Learn from Rick and Judd how to reframe your mind so that you can't imagine yourself failing, regardless of the pressure.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Collaboration Begins with You
“Rick helped me unlock potential I didn't know I had. He has a knack for using humor and anecdotes to enhance his message. I have no doubt that Crunch Time will help you unlock your potential and help you perform at your best under pressure!”
—Tom Glavine, Hall of Fame major league pitcher, World Series Champion, and 300 game winner
Rick and I had many conversations about process optimization and problem-solving. Thankfully he and Judd Hoekstra have now memorialized a practical method for getting out of our own way and easing into the flow that can be applied to any endeavor. Absolutely invaluable stuff.”
—Steven Soderbergh, Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Academy Award winner for Best Director
“Crunch Time provides practical action steps to reframe and change our thoughts to see the opportunity through chaos. During intense, pressure-packed moments, this is a key leadership difference between success and failure. A must-read!”
—Betsy Myers, former senior adviser to two US Presidents
“Every day is Crunch Time in New York. When I was the New York Mets' manager, Rick was the perfect fit to be my pitching coach. He has a unique ability to reframe pressure situations to maximize performance. Crunch Time is a must-read to optimize your performance in your own ‘Big Apple.'”
—Willie Randolph, former Manager, New York Mets, six-time All-Star, and six-time World Series Champion
“I love Rick's progressive and out-of-the-box thinking. He helped me improve as a major league pitcher at the back end of my career in the pressure cooker of New York with the Mets. In Crunch Time, Rick and Judd provide a GPS for you to perform your best under pressure.
—Al Leiter, nineteen-year major league pitcher, two-time World Series Champion, two-time All-Star, and Emmy award–winning Major League Baseball analyst
“In business as in baseball, your ability to perform under pressure can make or break your career. Crunch Time will teach you how to thrive in high-stakes situations.”
—Travis Bradberry, bestselling coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0
“At one time or another, at work or at home, all of us have felt like the whole game was riding on our shoulders. Rick and Judd apply what Rick has learned working with elite athletes to not only lift that burden but enable you to perform at your best.”
—Susan Torroella, Executive Vice President, Wellness Corporate Solutions, and Fortune Small Business Best Boss Award recipient
“Contrary to what many of us assume, it is not our body or possessions that determine happiness and success; it is the state of our mind. This book will help you go from stress and fear to optimal performance when it matters most, by teaching you how to train your mind.”
—Dr. Rogier Hoenders, psychiatrist and Director, Center for Integrative Psychiatry, Lentis, the Netherlands
“Rick Peterson has always applied a distinctive blend of insight and creativity in his out-of-the-box approach to solving problems. With Crunch Time, he and Judd Hoekstra lay out, in a compelling and entertaining way, an approach to dealing with pressure that can help all of us in our tough personal and professional moments.”
—Bill Squadron, Professor, Columbia University, and former President, Bloomberg Sports
“Crunch Time has already helped me reframe one issue, allowing us to save six figures. This is an amazingly inspirational book with examples everyone can relate to. I've shared this new knowledge with our team, resulting in a renewed alignment, confidence, and success!”
—Yogesh Madhvani, CEO, SimplexDiam, Inc.
“I've had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of professional athletes and coaches, and few are as insightful as Rick Peterson. He has a gift for distilling complex concepts into understandable terms. He is famous for developing the best pitchers in the world, of course, but he can teach us all about performing under pressure. The only thing better than a Rick Peterson interview is a Rick Peterson book.”
—Lee Jenkins, Lead Writer, Sports Illustrated
“I wish I'd read this book sooner! I had an experience where I choked hard core. The more I tried to figure out why I was striking out, the greater the pressure became. I could no longer think clearly. Reading Crunch Time, with its practical techniques and relatable examples, I can now see what I will do differently next time.”
—Laurie Cooke, CEO, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
“Nobody knows more than Rick Peterson about dealing with pressure, whether it be the seventh game of the World Series or a real-world situation.”
—Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman and owner, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls
“Fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about how elite leaders, coaches, and performers have learned to thrive under pressure. The best part is that the lessons apply to all of us in our everyday pressure situations.”
—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of Training Camp and The Energy Bus
“Rick has years of experience teaching professional and amateur pitchers how to maximize their true potential, how to embrace pressure and avoid crumbling under the weight of others' expectations. He and Judd now team up to share those experiences in Crunch Time, a must-read for anyone looking to conquer pressure in the business world or in daily life!”
—Jim Duquette, former General Manager, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, and Major League Baseball analyst
“Rick Peterson is a national treasure. His storytelling is matched only by his hard-earned wisdom, and I'm thrilled he's teamed with Judd Hoekstra to bring you the best of both. Their book is packed with insights on being at your best when the pressure is highest.”
—Cade Massey, PhD, Professor, The Wharton School
“Rick has the deepest knowledge of pitching that I have come across in my career. He helped me immensely. This includes sharing wisdom in areas beyond baseball, such as dealing with pressure. I encourage you to dig deep into Crunch Time. The lessons last a lifetime.”
—Barry Zito, major league pitcher, Cy Young Award winner, and World Series Champion
“Crunch Time succinctly defined and taught me concepts and techniques that are relevant across business, personal, and athletic challenges. So easy to grasp and apply, and with enough variety for just about any situation. Thanks for helping me find ways to ‘change the station,' remember that it's okay to relax under pressure, and simply perform better.”
—Tracey Roberts, Chief Human Resource Officer, Weber-Stephen Products LLC, busy mom, and “weekend warrior” triathlete
“On the surface, Crunch Time seems to skillfully address a specific life situation—the physiological and psychological response to pressure. Upon reflection, its application is much more than that. From public speaking to parenting to corporate leadership, the richness of the life lessons that are incorporated in this engaging and relatable text is, in fact, enormously broad. So, sit back, relax, and reframe your perspective.”
—James G. Conroy, President and CEO, Boot Barn
“Your heart is racing, your stomach is churning, and all eyes are upon you; your next move will decide whether you win or lose. Sales professionals, like professional athletes, know this scenario all too well. Crunch Time is a fun read that helps you take advantage of your adrenaline and make the most of high-pressure situations.”
—Bill Mathews, Associate Vice President, Facilities Growth, Aramark
“Crunch Time brings the magic of The Professor (as Rick was known throughout the big leagues)reader in an engaging, inspiring way. Judd translates Rick's success as a pitching coach into the everyday pressures we face at work, at school, at home, and in the community. The proven power of reframing—under the most trying of circumstances—can help shift our heads, hearts, and hands from victim to victor. You need Crunch Time to be your best!”
—S. Chris Edmonds, author of the Amazon bestseller The Culture Engine
“It is our mindset that distinguishes those who truly perform under pressure and not just our skill level. Crunch Time taught me how to coach my team to come up with new ways to rethink a situation and see it as a new opportunity and that they have what it takes to succeed! There is a lot to learn from Rick's coaching with elite athletes, and it definitely translates to the business world.”
—Charlene Prounis, CEO, Flashpoint Medica
“Time and again we hear anecdotes about how sports results can relate to business decisions. Rick Peterson, who has always thought beyond the diamond, has coauthored an essential read to help you succeed in business, sports, and life.”
—Joe Favorito, veteran sports entertainment marketing executive and Professor, Columbia University
“As someone who challenges convention and explores new ideas, Rick Peterson is an important voice not only in baseball but also in finding your personal best.”
—Tom Verducci, bestselling coauthor of The Yankee Years and Emmy Award–winning Major League Baseball analyst
About the Author
Rick Peterson has coached some of baseball's best pitchers in the past 20 years, including Cy Young Award winners and Hall of Famers. He was the Oakland A's pitching coach during the famed Moneyball era, and has served as a coach with the New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles. He holds a combined degree in psychology and art.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized for easy learning with quick refer backs to practice the principles for yourself. Each chapter ends with a page highlighting what the authors hope you learned followed by a Try-it section to guide the self-motivated reader to make improvements, beginning now.
Peering through the book, I noticed that each chapter title contained the word Reframing. Curiously, I looked for how that term was defined - you know. Just in case my interpretation was far distant from what was intended. I think you’ll like this Reframing approach to getting past hurdles that might be holding you back.
Reframing – The skill of consciously thinking about a situation in a new or different way to change how you interpret the situation, and actions you take, and the results you achieve.
Reframing can be learned by anyone. It’s a cognitive skill you can use to quickly and effectively equip your mind and body to perform well under pressure, anytime, anywhere.
I am a firm believer in how powerful our minds are and how they affect our lives from the smallest moments to the most extensive outcomes. As proven throughout the book, “Thinking differently is the starting point. Change how you act, and change your results.” Put your thoughts into a new frame of reference, new frame of mind, and therein lies the power of Reframing. Each of the chapters tells stories that are totally true, have teachable moments, and are so entertaining you will not be able to choose favorites from those the authors have used to illustrate their points.
My advice to my millennials is to go straight to page 80 and read about mindfulness, and then go back to page 1 and start reading. In my experience, our youth is highly distracted and mindfulness is key to preparation, which is another key concept of the book.
I enjoyed the way the book is laid out and was particularly fond of the bold text highlighting key words, phrases, and concepts. I've read other reviewers comments about originality and can honestly say, I've never heard "humor is your caveman's kryptonite" before. I even checked Google and in their 169,000 page hits on the topic, this book is the only place you'll find it.
Had I read this book 5 years ago, my answer to the question -- Does feedback make you bitter or better, would have been much different. But that's just how wisdom works. Wisdom is information you get just after you needed it.
Here is how I review books:
-- Would I recommend this book? Yes
-- Would I buy this book for someone else? Yes
-- Will I keep this book on my shelf for reference? Yes
-- Would I buy this book in other formats, like Kindle and Audible to hear again? Yes
-- Did I learn something from this book? Yes
-- Will I be able to share what I learned with other people in my life? Yes
-- Did the cost of this knowledge break my bank? No