Mind Games: Inspirational Lessons from the World's Biggest Sports Stars (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 15, 2004 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
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What makes a winner - in business or in sport? Why do some peopleconsistently break sales targets, cross the line first or hammerthe ball in the net with pinpoint accuracy? Natural talent anddisciplined training are vital. But with two equally matchedprofessionals, something else makes the difference that providesthat extra, champion factor: the mind.

Mind Games looks into the mental processes of sportingstars, identifying the attitudes and approaches that enable them toachieve peak performance, every time, and applies them specificallyto the world of business. What are the key mental characteristicsthat make some people come out on top? How do winners channeladrenalin into controlled power while losers choke? What dosportsmen and women mean when they talk about 'the inner game',being 'in the zone' or being 'in the now'? What is it that coachesdo to realise the potential they see? What are the lessons thatbusiness winners need to learn from sport's superstars?

Mind Games has the full involvement of over 30 sportinghousehold names, including Sven-Göran Eriksson, MatthewPinsent, Clive Woodward, Nick Faldo, Jonny Wilkinson. The authorsdraw on extensive first-hand experiences of acknowledged sportingchampions across a range of sports, identifying personal techniquesproven to have worked under the pressure of top-level competition.They also draw on the expertise of professional coaches andpsychologists who have worked with sportsmen and women.


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Part I Personality Power
Part II Motivational Matters
Part III Mental Training
Part IV Peak Performance
Part V Team Spirit
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III

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About the author (2004)

Jeff Grout is an adviser, commentator and columnist on thesubjects of motivation, peak performance, people management,teamwork, recruitment and retention. He is also business manager toSir Clive Woodward OBE, the England Rugby Coach.

Sarah Perrin is a freelance journalist and writer,contributing regularly to business and professional magazines. Sheis co-author of Kickstart Your Career and RecruitingExcellence, and author of The Guardian Careers Guide toAccountancy. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner, atechnique increasingly used by sporting champions.

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