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Cubs Fans' Leadership Secrets: Learning to Win From a "Cursed" Team's Errors Paperback – April 25, 2009

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"The good news is that the Cubs and their fans have already done the suffering for you.  As John Kunich and Richard Lester ask in this book, why not try to get some payoff from all that sorrow?  Kunich and Lester turn this colossal failure-test inside out and show exactly what went so wrong for so long, and how today's leaders can learn from those mistakes."

 
(Best-selling author Ken Blanchard)

"The concepts and practices of leadership presented in this book will enable you and your team to identify and become the leaders you are capable of becoming. It's a must read for anyone who wants to win in leadership."
 
(Professor Gerry Larsson, Ph.D., Vice President, Swedish National Defense College)

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Our mothers always told us, "Don't wind up like that kid!" and they were right. Every leader can benefit from this study of the Cubs' superabundance of bad examples. After all, shouldn't some consolation prize be bundled with all that heartbreak?

You don't run into a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln too often, but all of us can see something of ourselves in the Cubs' struggles to get the most out of ordinary gifts. There is no richer treasure trove of mistakes than the Cubs, who in 2008 "celebrated" 100 consecutive years without a World Series championship. It took a lot of errors to amass that unparalleled record of futility, a bumper crop of bad choices and failed experiments for leaders to learn from.

Cubs teams have "choked" in the clutch because they had not done the groundwork to become immune to pressure. If leaders fail to think about and prepare for emergencies, their organizations become very vulnerable to panic and disaster when crises do materialize. The book introduces a new concept, the Coefficient of Panic Vulnerability, and explains how leaders can influence it positively.

The Cubs traded away young future Hall of Famer Lou Brock in a misguided and shortsighted episode of leadership ineptitude that haunted them for many years. Often, teams do not recognize diamonds in the rough when they are right among them. This book demonstrates how to develop effective programs to identify and nurture future top performers in any line of work.

Organizations can become comfortable with failure, with losing ingrained in their culture. This systemic sickness is simultaneously one of the results of prolonged failure, and also fosters repetition of those unsatisfactory outcomes. Cubs Fans' Leadership Secrets explains that the proper response to failure includes an attitude that losing is not a permanent condition and that we have the power to reverse any curse.

Winning teams don't tolerate blaming other people, or "curses," or any outside factors for their own mistakes, whether individually or collectively. They own their negative experiences and learn from them. This book explores and provides a solution to the Cubs' long history of blaming their losses on billy-goat curses, black-cat bad luck, bad umpires, poor weather, their teammates, and everyone but themselves.

Leaders ensure failure when they refuse to take a hard look at themselves. There are many common Achilles' heels that cause leaders and their organizations to stumble, but they can only be corrected if they are first noticed and acknowledged as areas needing work. This self-assessment is not always a pleasant process, but it is essential, and Cubs Fans' Leadership Secrets explains how to do it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc; 1st edition (April 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935166026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935166023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,820,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This will have made an excellent 40-page booklet. It makes some worthwhile points about being patient with your resources, and dealing with defeats. But this book drives every point into the ground until you want to scream, Enough Already! What could be said in one sentence is restated two or three times over. The authors seen to think their book lacks value unless it's long and ponderous. It reflects their legalistic background, which places quantity over quality to make a case.
Don't bother with this book, there are many better treatises on leadership for you.
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This incredible masterpiece about Leadership is applicable to any organization or group begging for what still is a key ingredient to being successful and effective-many leaders at all levels throughout including those"in training". As a long suffering CUBS fan, the lesson that is foremost in my mind is that despite all the adversity the CUBS have endured they have still been very successful at many other levels-but of course not in obtaining the ever elusive world championship-but they're still our beloved CHICAGO CUBS, contenders and not the MONTREAL/WASHINGTON CUBS!!!!
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Chicago Cub fans have had little to look foward to in the last 100 years, and they still don't. However, this book is an enjoyable read with a few eternal truths that we all knew somewhere down in our gut (or maybe that was that last brat I ate) but couldn't articulate as well as these guys. I would definitely take this to the ball park, especially sometime after late July/early August when you need something to keep your mind off the game.
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