“A sure winner! The Essential Wooden presents the basics of leadership
as taught by one of America's great leaders, John Wooden. His observations
and conclusions about success and competitive greatness are as
brilliant as gems--and just as valuable.”
--KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The One Minute Manager®
and Leading at a Higher Level
“The Essential Wooden is vintage Coach Wooden and a great book for
all managers who want to become more effective. Coach Wooden's values
and methods will lead to lasting, positive results.”
--JEFF HENLEY, Chairman of the Board, Oracle Corporation
“It has been my privilege to have several conversations with John
Wooden. Every time I learn and grow from that experience. It is now your
turn to receive nuggets of wisdom from this wonderful teacher. Each
page of The Essential Wooden will benefit you and your organization.”
--JOHN C. MAXWELL, author, speaker, and founder
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“A wonderful exposition of commonsense leadership from an uncommon
leader--John Wooden. His legendary achievements stem from his
'old-fashioned' values. In The Essential Wooden he reveals how his character
and skills were honed and how they apply in the 21st century.
Required reading for anyone who aspires to being a great leader.”
--STEPHEN R. COVEY, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
"There is nothing fancy in what I teach about team building--nothing that requires a special gift, privilege, or access to power. Rather, it requires dedication to certain principles and concepts, which I include in this book."
The Essential Wooden is the ultimate collection of Wooden's opinions and observations on achieving exceptional leadership in any organization, with 200 invaluable lessons for inspiring championship performance.
Coach Wooden offers his hard-won wisdom on building an organization that performs at its full potential under pressure, from preparing and training the team to instilling personal drive and dedication. He takes his famous Pyramid of Success to the next level, filling the entire book with his straight-shooting personality and keen insight on human nature.
Wooden shares rarely seen preseason letters to his players, revealing how he instilled productive attitudes and winning ways. He also includes previously unpublished analyses from former players and managers, including Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
From Wooden's earliest days as a leader through his legendary UCLA dynasty, The Essential Wooden distills a lifetime of learning into the leadership playbook for the twenty-first century.