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Recommended Reading: Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership From the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner

publication date: Feb 1, 2014
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author/source: Dr. John Hogan CHE CHA CMHS
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Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership From the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner
Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership From the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Team, leadership and accountability,


   
This review is from: Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership From the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner (Paperback) Bill Russell became a sports icon with reason. He is an original, with more championships than any other team player as evidenced by his recognition in being named the 20th century's greatest team player by Sports Illustrated and HBO called him the greatest winner in the 20th century. He was the 1st African American to coach a professional sports team and won two championships as a player/coach without even an assistant coach. He won championships in the NCAA, the Olympics and an NBA championship â" all in the same year (1956).

The book, RUSSELL RULES is a collection of basketball and personal examples from Russell's career. The balance between sports, business and personal integrity is clear, easy to follow and is genuinely interesting, whether one likes sports or not.

The 11 lessons address commitment, team decision processes, accountability, change, discipline, the need for the desire to win and a number of how-to business examples

Russell has not been an active part of the Celtics in recent years, but in a 2008 televised interview with the then current center, Kevin Garnett, one could hear that his public words of counsel and planning reflected what must have been said in private between the two men of different generations. Russell expressed that he felt the then current Celtic team could win two or three championships if they played as a team, but that Russell would share one of his rings with Garnett if that did not happen. After the 39 point blow-out final victory over the favored opponents, Garnett on camera hugged Russell and expressed that he hoped Russell felt the current Celtics had done their best.

Those exchanges were meaningful to me as part of team, leadership and accountability in every day examples of life.

The book epilogue has an outstanding message " making CELTIC PRIDE work for you. I urge you to read this resource and enjoy!


As always, feedback or comments are welcome
Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE
HoganHospitality
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