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The Captain Class : The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams  - Sam Walker

The Captain Class

The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams

Paperback Published: 29th May 2017
ISBN: 9780670078493
Number Of Pages: 352

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The secret to winning is not what you think it is.
It’s not the coach. It’s not the star.
It’s not chemistry. It’s not a strategy.
It’s something else entirely.


Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the English Premier League to the AFL to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams ever, period.

At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in common?

As Walker dug more deeply, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain – a singular leader who drove it to sustained, historic periods of greatness.

Fuelled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class – from doggedness and the knack for nonverbal communication to aggression and the courage to speak truth to power.

Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history – from Bill Russell’s legendary 'Coleman Play' in the 1957 NBA Finals to Rechelle Hawkes’s extraordinary resilience in the Hockeyroos’ 2000 Olympic victory – The Captain Class doesn’t just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines.

The sixteen leaders who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled, nor were they paragons of sportsmanship. They were often role players, allergic to the spotlight, and famously inarticulate. In short, they will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.

About the Author

Sam Walker is the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. He is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

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Incredible Research

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One day someone was going to try to work out the best sporting teams of all times across multiple sports (including NFL, AFL, NRL, Soccer, CRicket, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Volleyball etc). Not only has Sam Walker done all of the research on all of these codes and their best teams (going back over 100 years in some cases), he worked out an algorithm to determine the ones that were elite. Then, through an exhaustive process, he determined why the 11 or so teams that his algorithm identified as being the best ever were so good, Just thinking about the research involved is mind blowing. Not only that, but Sam interviewed the leaders and contributors to the teams' success and the book is so well written from start to finish. This is a terrific read for anyone with a broad interest in all team sports. It is also a great reference point for any aspiring leaders of sporting teams.

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'A fascinating sports study with much wider-reaching application, featuring page-turning tales of personal triumph and cogent analysis’ - Kirkus (starred review)

'Written for serious sports fans in lively language that also speaks to aspiring athletes and business professionals, this book offers a compelling argument for the value of inspired leadership.’ - Publishers’ Weekly

ISBN: 9780670078493
ISBN-10: 0670078492
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th May 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.42