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Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success





Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success

Steve Trimper

ISBN: 978-1-119-65220-5 January 2020

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Become a doer. Motivation and strategies from a top figure in sports leadership

There are many books available on the topic of leadership, but none quite like this one. Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success is the work of Steve Trimper—a college baseball coach who shares what he has learned about business through his extensive leadership experience in high-level sports. In addition to reflecting on his own failures and successes, Trimper interviews leadership experts to distill a wealth of wisdom into this valuable book.

Inside, you’ll read about the key principles of team building, culture, and organization building. If you are looking for a way to enhance your leadership, whether you lead a team of one or an entire organization, Walk Off Winning is for you. This book will give you the motivation and strategies to “become a doer.” Anyone involved in leadership, sports management, or the general business world will benefit from the inspirational anecdotes and honest advice in this much sought-after guide for leaders of all kinds.

  • Discover the key principles of team building that apply in every organization and setting
  • Gain the motivation you need to stop waiting around for success and “become a doer”
  • Learn from the real-world successes and failures of a top leader in high-level sports
  • Get inspired to take an honest look at your opportunities for leadership growth

From the sports field to the business office, good leadership in any arena shares a single, universal foundation. If you want to achieve your dreams, you’ll have to learn to Walk Off Winning.

Less Inside Baseball, More Inside Leadership

Learning from Coaches, Mentors, and Other Great Leaders

Chapter 1: You Need Values, But Keep Them Simple

The Flowchart of True Success

Be Selective When Establishing Values

Improve What You Already Have

Chapter 2: Never Underestimate The Power of Giving

Create A Foundation For Success

A Gift of Giving Can Be Right Under Your Nose

Giving Leads To Loyalty

Chapter 3: Attitude and The Power of The Hand Shake

Attitude Is Highly Contagious

Sharing Attitude by Means of a Handshake

Change Your Thought Process To One of Positivity

You CHOOSE Your Attitude

Be A Grinder, and Deal With Setbacks

Fight through the “Muck”

Chapter 4: The Communicator Wins

The First and Best Form of Communication

Become Comfortable Communicating In Person

We All Love A Good Storyteller

Communication Pays Off

The Power of A Personality


Don’t Dominate A Conversation

Chapter 5: I Always Got Hits Because My Shoelaces Were Tucked In

Follow Planned Routines

Wasted Moments On What You Can’t Influence

Control the Controllables

It’s Fun to Be a “Littlestitious”

Chapter 6: Leaders Lead The Way

John and His New Boss

Dictator Leadership

Servant Leadership

Empowerment Leadership

Relying on Both Forms of Leadership

Chapter 7: Are You a Brick with Mortar?

True Toughness

Learn To Compete

Bricks and Mortar

Learn To “Pivot” With Your Mortar

Chapter 8: The Value of Real Energy

Real Versus Fake Energy

Dont Give Up and Don’t Be A Lake

Optimistic or embellishment?

Chapter 9: Good Impressions

“Surround Yourself with Good People”

Be On The Lookout For Values

Learn From Communicating

30 Seconds

“Recruit Ready”

You Need a Personality

Chapter 10: White-Tailed Deer and Career Progression

Ready To Change The World

Take Your Time, You Don’t Know It All Just Yet

The Beauty and Life of A White Tailed Deer

You Pick, and Mentor, Your Team

Chapter 11: Fall Forward When You Fail. . .and You’re Gonna Fail!

In and Out of Your Control

People Want You To Fail

Fail and Move Forward

Be Responsible and Positive In Times of Failure

Chapter 12: Keep Chopping Wood: Pressure vs. Preparation

Relationships Lead to Wins

The Alfond Way

“Keep Chopping Wood”

“Sharpen Your Axe”

With The Right Mind Set, You Are Capable of Anything

Tackle Crisis Management Head On

Chapter 13: EGO: You better have one

Crank Up Your Ego. . . . .Sometimes

Think Big

Circle The Wagons

Invest In Values

Build The Team’s Confidence

Tone People Down, Not Up

Stubbornness Can Be A Good Trait

Chapter 14: The Art of Decompression

Recharge Your Batteries

You’ve Earned a Break

Hone Your Focus Skill

Lock In

Burn Those Lines In The Grass

Find Something You’re Good At and Use It As Your Outlet

Chapter 15: Winners vs Losers

Team vs. Program

True Toughness

Winners and Losers. . .

Compete, Compete, Compete

Chapter 16: The 5% Rule

Be Better Every Day

The Power of A Group

Focus on Small Efforts for Long-Term Success

Be Great At Little Things

Chapter 17: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda: Get rid of it

“Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.and the Negative Nellie”

Move The People in The Same Direction

Neutralizing the Negative Nellie

“There Are No “I’s” in T-E-A-M”

Chapter 18: Be A Doer, Not A Talker

“We Do” Our Wedding Vows, Not Just “Say” Them

Don’t Just Talk The Talk

How I Learned “To Do”

Invest In Relationships

Nike: Just “Do It”

Chapter 19: True Success

1. Surround Yourself With Good People, and Good Things Happen

2. Relationships: Work At It

3. Trust

4. Loyalty. . . .the Final Path to Success!

True Success Isn’t About Money, Possessions and Fame

The Puzzle Changes


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