Help the helper is a basketball motto preached by some of the sport s legendary coaches, including Dean Smith and Phil Jackson.Read more...
Help the helper is a basketball motto preached by some of the sport s legendary coaches, including Dean Smith and Phil Jackson. All good players know they should support a teammate who s under pressure. But the true greats know how to take it one step further. They fill the gaps left behind when one teammate goes to help another gaps that are often far from the basket and out of the spotlight. The true greats step up in quiet ways to make sure no subtle holes develop on defense and no opportunities are missed on offense.
Help the Helper will show you how to put this level of teamwork to work in your business, to build a culture that recognizes and rewards those who help the helper even when they don t have sexy statistics. In the process, it will teach you how to de-emphasize the CEO/quarterback/superstar and effectively redefine leadership. You ll learn, for instance, how to:
- Create a dynasty of unselfishness.
- Manage energy, not people.
- Eat obstacles for breakfast.
- Act like an unleader.
Consider how it works in the hospitality industry. In a great restaurant you don t have to wait for your server to check on you; your needs are taken care of instantaneously, sometimes before you notice them. Everyone from the busboy to the maitre d has one goal: the success of the team. Such coordination seems complicated for a small eatery, nearly impossible for a large organization. But it s easier than you think.
For a combined forty years, Pritchard and Eliot have focused on building high-performing groups. They ve crushed Malcolm Gladwell s 10,000-Hour Rule, logging upward of 50,000 hours studying the factors that create champions and dynasties, from the NBA and Major League Baseball to the Fortune 500. Exhaustive testing, scouting, and evaluating have taught them that truly special teams in all fields have one common denominator: a willingness to do whatever it takes to help the helper.
Drawing on true and inspirational stories from sports to medicine to business, Help the Helper shows what s behind the curtain that fuels great team performance."
- ISBN-13: 9781591845454
- ISBN-10: 1591845459
- Publisher: Portfolio
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 241
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-09-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Pritchard, a former NBA player and former general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers (and current director of personnel for the Indiana Pacers), and Eliot, cofounder of a Stanford University leadership initiative and former performance consultant for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, show how outstanding teams build a culture that recognizes and rewards those who help the helper. “Helping the helper,” a term coined by basketball coach Dean Smith, is what Pritchard and Eliot term “a willingness to do whatever it takes to help others succeed”—the pinnacle of teamwork. Their unique perspective and insight into the turnaround of once ailing basketball teams offer a fresh set of sports examples that business leaders will find relevant. Throughout, the authors showcase the types of behavior great teams demonstrate, from possessing a desire to be part of something bigger than oneself to boasting about others rather than themselves and valuing the identity of the organization over their own. Pritchard and Eliot show how to identify and turn around those who aren’t on board and explain why assessing a “good fit” is pointless when making new hires. Readers looking for new approaches to effective leadership will be able to use the book’s valuable lessons. Agent: James A. Levine, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.)