Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent

John Calipari, Michael Sokolove

"Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is highly regarded for his unparalleled ability to recruit the country's top high-school talent without making outlandish promises. Instead, he tells his players, "Commit to each other, be about each other without sacrificing your goals, and by doing this you can achieve all your dreams and more.

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Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780062440457
ISBN-10: 0062440454
Language: English

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Kentucky's charismatic coach shares the secrets of creating one of the premiere programs in college basketball, revealing how he transforms a group of former high school superstars into selfless, cohesive teams--including a remarkable squad last year that fell just one game short of a perfect season.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is highly regarded for his ability to recruit the country's top high school talent without making outlandish promises. Instead, he believes, "Commit to each other, be about each other without sacrificing your goals, and by doing this you can achieve all YOUR dreams and more."

Here, for the first time, he distills his team-building methods in ways that apply to CEOs, business owners, coaches, teachers and leaders of all kinds--lessons for anyone seeking to inspire talented individuals to reach for their best selves and contribute to a greater good.

A basketball team is an intimate workplace, in which blend is everything and character matters. As such, it is a window into the nature of successful leadership. Calipari views each new team like a startup business--one composed of new players, new relationships, and new challenges. Each season is a series of discoveries as he learns how to unleash the extreme talent in each of his players and mold them into championship material as college basketball comes to a crescendo every spring. While he can't control everything, he is responsible for everything--just like a CEO.

An enlightening look at leadership, management, and team building, Success Is the Only Option offers the keys to winning, on and off the court.

About the Authors

John Calipari is the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Kentucky. He led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 2012 national championship and has been to a total of six Final Fours in his career, including four in a five-year period. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine , as well as the author of four previous books, Drama High , The Ticket Out , Hustle , and Warrior Girls.

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