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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Five Books off the Top of my Head

There are lots of great books out there for coaches.  Here are 5 of my favorites, in alphabetical order:

1. Built to Last by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras.  Do you want to learn about how some great corporations built their culture?  Built to Last teaches "culture building" skills.

2. Champions - The Making of Olympic Swimmers by Daniel Chambliss.  The story of Mark Schubert and Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1982-1984.  An inspirational story about training for and competing in the Olympic Games.  Probably the best swimming book I've read.  (Good luck finding a copy....Amazon is probably the best bet).
3. The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey.  No tricks here, this is a book about tennis.  But the teaching tools you can glean from Timothy Gallwey is well worth the read.  Thanks to Larry Liebowitz for recommending this book, as well as book #5 to me.

4. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.  This is must-read for all coaches and instructors, of any sport or pursuit.  It explains what "fertile ground" for greatness looks like.  You will change the way you teach, coach, or instruct after reading this research-based book.
 5. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel.  Written from the point of view of a German professor, who visits Japan wishing to "learn about Zen".  He is guided to take up Archery, as a means of understanding Zen.  His trials -- both confounding and illuminating -- educate the reader as to the proper mindset for ultimate success.

Honorable Mention: Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield.  This is a great "battle" book written about the battle of Thermopylae (same basic plot as the movie "300").  It goes into great depth to describe the "Warrior Ethos" -- and what a man needs to be like to be a strong warrior.  I've read this book 3 times and given it away 3 times.  It's better than the movie "300"!

On my list "To read" is The Little Book of Talent  by Daniel Coyle and The 50 Meter Jungle by Sherm Chavoor!

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