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Dr. Jack's Leadership Lessons Learned From a Lifetime in Basketball

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Dr. Jack's Leadership Lessons Learned From a Lifetime in Basketball

Dr. Jack Ramsay

ISBN: 978-0-471-46929-2 January 2004 288 Pages

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What can one of the most successful coaches in the history of professional basketball tell CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and managers about leadership? Everything! In this fascinating account of his nearly seven decades as a player, coach, general manager, goodwill ambassador, color commentator, and NBA analyst for ESPN, basketball legend Dr. Jack Ramsay reveals the guiding principles and best practices that make for outstanding leadership both on and off the court.
Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction Hoop Journey: From Barn Door to the NBA.

1. Lace ’em Up: The Foundations of Success.

2. Home Court Advantage: Teaching and Learning.

3. Three-Pointer: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.

4. Taking Possession: Job Readiness.

5. Fast Break: Maximizing Opportunities.

6. Leadership Playbook: Accepting Responsibility.

7. The Inside Man: Internal Leadership.

8. The Game Plan: Making Decisions.

9. At the Buzzer: How to Win, How to Lose.

10. Transition Game: Succeeding on the Court of Life.

Epilogue The Triangle Defense: Family, Fun, Friends.

Index.

Ramsay, whose 20-year career as a professional coach included a stint with the NBA title-winning Portland Trail Blazers, is currently a pro basketball analyst for ESPN. Although billed as a guide to leadership strategies learned from professional experience as well as his observation of outstanding players and other coaches, this manual is more a recollection of the sport Ramsay knows and loves. Many of the author’s tips, directed to those who want to lead both on and off the court, include the need to set clear goals, develop self-confidence, make firm decisions and accept responsibility—certainly not original and often hackneyed. The text becomes more interesting when Ramsay backs up his advice with anecdotes about such basketball greats as Pat Riley, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. He credits Bird’s ability, for example, to make a successful adjustment from college to NBA basketball to innate self-confidence honed by repetitive practice drills. Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis motivated the player to maintain job readiness by eating right and exercising regularly, a plan that Johnson credits with keeping his disease under control and has inspired Ramsay’s own pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. In the end, these leadership bromides, leavened by basketball stories, will interest mainly fans of the sport. (Feb) (Publishers Weekly, January 12, 2004)