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What Drives Winning Book

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A User-Friendly Guide Towards Achieving Personal Excellence.

This book is full of real-life examples and time-tested advice from some of the winningest coaches in sports history, as well as a number of easy-to-follow exercises that will help you better understand what will drive winning for yourself and your team.

 
 

“What Drives Winning is long overdue. Brett masterfully articulates how character building is the ultimate prize in the pursuit of athletic achievement. This book is immensely practical and filled with time tested wisdom.”
– Dr. Jim Loehr, Performance Psychologist

“There is a changing landscape in our profession right now. What I see in this cutting-edge book is our future. Coaching has evolved and what Brett has to offer in What Drives Winning is our PhD. This is a very important book.”
– Anson Dorrance, North Carolina Women’s Soccer

 

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  1. Lauren Ebstein

    Lauren Ebstein

    I think the information is great and I believe in what the book says. But, I also think its super relatable for my athletes. Its been easy to give them a chapter here or there, or generate team activities from some of the content in the book. Most recently we used the character skills and moral skills and the team picked three each and then had to give examples of what each looked like and didn’t look like.

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  2. Eliot D Smith

    Eliot D Smith

    I think what made this book unique for me was the way to approach coaching in a different way. Trying to use the stories that Brett provided and to really focus on character with my team. I gained so much more knowledge on how to become a better coach.

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  3. Jen Conely

    Jen Conely

    Team enjoyed what we did – went over the performance and character traits – strengths and areas where they wanted more growth.

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  4. Jamie Lew

    Jamie Lew

    Love the activities. Haven’t used any on our team yet but plan to.

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  5. Scott Doan

    Scott Doan (verified owner)

    We did weekly coaching sessions to discuss the topics and grow together.

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  6. Jon Hsu

    Jon Hsu

    It addressed an area of athletics that I’ve always known is important, but have struggled to deal with in a practical way. The approach in the book of taking a case study and providing tools/ideas around specific character traits has been very helpful. For example, I have a player who struggles to move past his own mistakes during games. I found it convenient to be able to turn straight to the “Resilience” chapter and look at how other coaches have worked with players with similar issues (almost like a reference book).

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  7. Craig Denney

    Craig Denney (verified owner)

    The book brings to light the many different ways of winning in coaching sports. 99% of them are not on the scoreboard but in the relationships that are developed.

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  8. Jenny Levy

    Jenny Levy

    I liked reading about real individual athlete / team challenges and solutions.

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  9. Matt Heckel

    Matt Heckel

    This book has so many useful tools for developing team chemistry.

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  10. Glenn Detulleo

    Glenn Detulleo

    I really enjoyed the focus on positive ways to inspire athletes

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  11. Karen Johns

    Karen Johns

    The What Drives winning book helps you to start identify how character is the driving force behind goals and outcomes. The best coaches in the country share their view and beliefs.

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  12. Tim Seymour

    Tim Seymour

    I truly use the book at least once or twice a week with students, players, and even my own son. I use concrete examples from the book that will help me show kids what I’m trying to have them understand or something they need to work on to develop.

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  13. Suzy Willemssen

    Suzy Willemssen

    Loved the simplicity–made it very easy to use with athletes. It’s messages are universal and can be put into practice that resonate with any gender, all levels of play.

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  14. Matthew Neidigk

    Matthew Neidigk

    The examples of the character skills and using the stories with our team to get their thoughts

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  15. Roy Snyder

    Roy Snyder

    Refocused what I do on the most important long term outcomes instead of the ephemeral feelings of “victory.”

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  16. Ruby Rojas

    Ruby Rojas

    Great information

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  17. Rachel Ward

    Rachel Ward

    We used the letter to your sport. It was An amazing exercise that I have used with every team I have coaches. I think it helped bring people together but also allowed us a coaches to open up when I wouldn’t normally do that.

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  18. Kelly Ford

    Kelly Ford

    The sabrina story. Showed all to my team this spring and they completely related and helped us have some fantastic discussions

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  19. Phil Young

    Phil Young

    Used many examples with our team that was very relevant to high school athletes

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  20. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris

    Used this as a book study with my coaching staff (I’m a High School A.D.). Also, my coaches used many of the lessons with their teams.

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  21. Jason Kilgore

    Jason Kilgore

    I have had conversations with leaders and captains with some of the questions and examples used in the book. My entire coaching staff read the book in 2018.

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  22. Danielle Cyr

    Danielle Cyr

    I shared the specific tools with my players and implemented the culture building strategies (ex: green dot) with our team. Great resource to build specific character skills with realistic activities. Love it!

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  23. Brett Shanklin

    Brett Shanklin

    It is the foundation to building teams that are focused on character development which will lead to results. This book gives direction on how to make this work.

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  24. Scott Zachmann

    Scott Zachmann

    Specifically, one great moment a few years ago that still impacts our team today was when we asked the team to write down the leading goal scorer in NCAA Soccer, MLS, Premier League – anything they wanted. And NONE had an answer. Then we wrote down our favorite teacher. Took the team 2 seconds to have that written down. Then they wrote all reason this teacher was so great. We chatted about how those great characteristics were human qualities. We ended the meeting with put up a sign in the classroom that simply said, “nobody remembers your stats, they remember who you are as a person”. I wish I could explain the release of all that negative energy and the connection they instantly made to life beyond just soccer (i.e how many ‘likes’ they have). It changed everything for our team and program. And for me, I started to realize too that wins or losses will not define me. How I treat and care for others does. It was a great moment. We also bought each player a book. And one activity we still do today that they LOVE is to just flip open to any page and read for 3 minutes, then we share out and talk about what stuck with them. 20 players in the room, you can really get some discussions going. We use that activity before games. 15-20 minute meetings before warmups and 95% of it is the book. 5% tactical. It’s so fun!

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