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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Winning Spirit: Principles That Drive Performance Excellence

"Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time, Joe Montana personifies performance excellence and personal integrity both on and off the field. Since his retirement a decade ago, he has become a popular motivational speaker sought out by corporations nationwide, speaking to capacity audiences as large as twenty thousand.

Now making his message available to a broader audience, Montana teams up with performance coach Tom Mitchell to extend to all areas of life the truths of success on the field. " The Winning Spirit: Sixteen Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence" by Joe Montana, shows that ultimately performance excellence is fueled by personal integrity."

A few examples from the book:

  • Know What You Want: First, identify goals, then turn clarity into action.
  • Strive for Excellence: Surpass expectations and reach new heights
  • Fail Fast and Move On: Take chances, learn from mistakes, and keep pressing forward–don’t let fear or regret take you out of the game.
  • Remember the “I” in Team: Make yourself the priority–because intense preparation is the individual responsibility of each member of the team.
  • Welcome Pressure: Want to be the best? Work with or compete against the best!
  • Walk Like a Champ: Your life is not just about achieving success, but also about having a purpose and creating significance.
BOTTOMLINE: Nothing against Joe or anyone who can write a good book. I'm always up for a good motivational read, but like they say with motivational speakers: "The motivation leaves -- when the speaker leaves the room." In this case, as with most personal motivation books, the motivation ends - when the book closes.

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