This motivational and autobiographical book tells the story of an ordinary person in an ordinary team who achieved something pretty extraordinary.
Ben Hunt-Davis won Olympic Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of the Men’s Rowing Eight. He and Executive Coach Harriet Beveridge have teamed up to show you how to use similar strategies to improve your own life. The pair have been road-testing these methods for 10 years, with clients from all walks of life – managers, leaders, call centre staff, sales reps, athletes and shop assistants – whatever your challenges, whatever your goals, there are ideas that will help everyone.
Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? is divided into 11 chapters, each of which is split into 2 halves. Firstly, Ben provides a narrative, recounting an episode from the eight’s journey to Gold, and shows the team using the methods in action. Then comes the analysis, explaining why and how the crew did what they did.
Simple and chatty, the book is a warts-and-all authentic account of a journey to success that will show you how you can succeed in whatever you want to do. It is aimed at readers interested in personal development and managers wanting to achieve corporate goals. It will appeal to sports enthusiasts, practitioners and coaches who will find the Olympic story compelling and learn plenty of techniques for improving their own game strategies.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I have read many leadership, management and personal development books over the last 20 years and this one stands out above the others. The approach of combining the sporting story (which is nothing sort of achieving a miracle) with really practical tips on motivation, goals, beliefs, ignoring unimportant info,self talk, taking risks is unique and brilliantly effective. The olympic-winning strategies in the book actually work!! I found I had motivated myself to do a few things which had been lingering for ages even after a couple of chapters.
I was surprised to be so hooked by Ben's Olympic gold story as I am not particularly interested in sport but found I couldn't put it down.The tension and suspense really mounted as the book progressed to the climax of being in Sydney with him and the team.
I know I will be dipping in and out of this book for many years to come as well as giving it to lots of friends. It is useful, interesting, motivational and fun.
This is an outstanding book both for business and life. I have raed many, many leadership and personal development books over the last twenty yeras and this is by far the most engaging AND practical.
It covers goals, motivation, taking risks, change and importantly how to filter out unhelpfulness from others.The story of Ben winning his gold medal in Sydney is nothing short of miraculous and really gripping. I am not interested in sports but this had me hooked right until the end. I found I was implementing many of the tips in this book afetr only a couple of chapters and it was making a difference to me.
Excellent book and I will conmtinue to dip in to it.