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How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth

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Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. In her fifteen-year career as a professional adventure racer, she has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile—and racked up multiple world championship titles ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Quick read by an accomplished fire fighter and Eco Challenge adventure athlete.

Robyn uses race stories to illustrate her 8 points of TEAMWORK:

T-otal commitment
E-mpathy and awareness
A-diversity management
M-utual respect
W-e thinking
O-wmership of the project
R-elinquishment of ego
K-enetic leadership
Thought it might not be a bad idea to get a little Leadership lesson going given my new job. This was very good because I found the extreme team racing very interesting... she does a great job of illustrating the 8 points of synergy -- and some of the images are so visual that it really made it easy to remember the lesson!
Mandi Friedman
I have been so challenged and humbled by this book. I love winning so much, and this book taught me the importance of teamwork when it comes to winning. Always in my life I have relied on myself to be the best and did not want to share the glory. Now I realize that winning is much more than my ego, but it is about team unity and sharing strengths to do the best we can do. Robyn shares 8 keys to teamwork that all are applicable to actual businesses and life situations. The stories she uses are in ...more
Sharry Miller
I'm not big on reading self-help books. I generally find them to either take themselves too seriously or be too heavy on rah-rah cheerleading. Robyn Benincasa managed to avoid either extreme with How Winning Works. She entertains the reader with adventure-racing tales from the jungles of Borneo to the heights of the Himalayas. At the same time, she presents her thoughts on how to be a great team leader. I found her application of her lessons to business models a little lacking in depth and speci ...more
Kathy Stone
This was an informative read on leadership. While I still do not know my own leadership style or what motivates me I have read a book to help me explore these ideas. I find it interesting that the most effective form of leadership is the authoritative style. Whereby leaders tell people the end goals and leave it up to them to determine how to reach their potential. While this does not work in every situation it usually gets the best results. Egos need to be left behind and people need to accept ...more
Jim Serger
If you are into individualism skip this book--if you want to know what it is like to create a winning TEAM, read this and grab her thought process and learn. She exemplifies teamwork; fire department, team extreme competition. She did a wonderful job on this topic and this book.
As a coach I already know all the things she is talking about, but surely she's so much more than me that I couldn't avoid to believe every little thing she said. More than a veneration than an adult/adult relationship, but it's ok, everybody needs to believe in someone!
Very good read. Great insights on team building and being a motivational leader. It seems authentic in that she gave her own personal reflections and experiences.
this was an interesting read but I thought it tried too hard. and I couldn't relate to much of the adventure racing examples. that just seemed insane to me.
So many times, we read motivstional books and we think, "What crap". I just got back from hiking the GC with her, and this book is her.
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“I learned many lessons from my first race with my heroes. I learned it was easier to breathe when I cried, so I cried often and without shame. I learned that a teammate’s faith in you can propel you up any mountain. I learned that winning requires an entirely different mind-set than not losing. I learned that the best teams in the world share not only their strengths but also their weaknesses. I learned that you don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” 1 likes
“And I learned that when people leave their egos at the starting line in pursuit of a common goal and form a deep and genuine connection to one another along the way—otherwise known as human synergy—they create a beautiful and unstoppable force that can handle whatever the winds, the mountains, the rivers and the jungles throw their way.” 0 likes
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