By Sam Walker
The founding editor of The Wall highway Journal’s sports part profiles the best groups in heritage and identifies the counterintuitive management characteristics of the radical women and men who drove them to succeed.
The mystery to profitable isn't what you're thinking that it is.
It’s now not the trainer. It’s no longer the star.
It’s no longer cash. It’s now not a strategy.
It’s anything else entirely.
numerous years in the past, Sam Walker got down to solution probably the most hotly debated questions in activities: What are the best groups of all time? He devised a formulation, then utilized it to hundreds of thousands of groups from leagues world wide, from the NBA to the English finest League to Olympic box hockey. while he was once performed, he had a listing of the 16 so much dominant groups in heritage. At that time, he turned passionate about one other, extra complex query: What did those freak groups have in common?
As Walker dug into their tales, a trend emerged: every one group had a similar form of captain—a singular chief with an unconventional ability set who drove it to accomplish sustained, historical greatness.
Fueled by means of a life of activities spectating, two decades of reporting, and a decade of painstaking examine, The Captain Class tells the dazzling tale of what makes groups unparalleled. Drawing on unique interviews with athletes from dozen nations, in addition to basic managers, coaches, executives, and others expert at construction groups, Walker identifies the seven middle characteristics of this Captain Class—from severe doggedness and emotional keep an eye on to a knack for nonverbal verbal exchange to tactical aggression and the braveness to face apart.
instructed via riveting bills of a few of the main pressure-soaked moments in activities history—from invoice Russell’s mythical “Coleman Play” within the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona’s “Figo online game” opposed to actual Madrid in 2000—The Captain Class doesn’t simply carry those occasions to existence; it provides a clean, counterintuitive tackle management that may be utilized to a large spectrum of aggressive disciplines.
the boys and ladies who make up the Captain classification have been by no means the main expert athletes, nor have been they proficient orators or paragons of sportsmanship. They have been frequently function avid gamers who have been allergic to the highlight. in brief, the seven attributes they shared problem your assumptions of what encouraged management seems like.
Advance compliment for The Captain Class
“Well-researched, wildly interesting, and thought-provoking. In The Captain Class, Sam Walker provides compelling narratives in regards to the mystery factor to the best groups of all time—and quick makes you reexamine long-held ideals approximately management and the glue that binds successful groups together.”—Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs
“In The Captain Class, Sam Walker offers us very important and unique insights into the mysterious elements of transformative management. a gorgeous mixture of study and narrative.”—Susan Cain, bestselling writer of Quiet
“If you care approximately management, expertise improvement, or the artwork of pageant, you want to learn this immediately.”—Daniel Coyle, bestselling writer of The expertise Code
“The Captain Class is a superb hybrid: one-part detective tale and one-part management booklet, set on the planet of activities, and devoted to a desirable secret: What units aside the best groups of all time? I’m no longer even a activities nut and that i could not placed it down.”—Dan Heath, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Made to Stick
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