The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership → i like reading The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership because ⠵ Book Author Sam Walker ⡌ OneAlpha LionsIdentifying the Worlds Greatest TeamsThis was not the first time I had taken a stab at ranking the worlds greatest sports teams It was, however, the first time Id attempted this while sober.There is no better, faster way to start an argument with another sports fan than to trot out the name of a team that you consider to be unrivaled in its accomplishments Once you go down this road, youre in for a long night The only redeeming quality of this line of debate is that the rounds you buy, the sharper your analysis seems to become.I had never written any of my own rankings down, but I knew that others had So I decided to launch my study by gathering up every such list that had been published anywhere in the world, from the page of prestigious newspapers to the most homespun websites to see if they had come to any consensus I found about ninety of them.After I spread them out on my dining room table and attacked them with a yellow highlighter, it was immediately clear that this genre of sports page punditry suffered from some empirical weaknesses Some of the lists didnt bother offering a methodologytheir conclusions were based on the collective opinions of a bunch of guys in the office The ones that did use numbers were often statistically dubious.The most common procedural error was something known as selection bias, a gaffe which has long plagued all kinds of polls, surveys, and scientific experiments This occurs when researchers base their studies on samples that arent large enough, or random enough, to offer a representative cross section of the whole The telltale sign was that most of these lists had a suspiciously regional flavor Rankings from England, for example, were clogged with the names of soccer clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United, while those from Down Under went heavy on rugby, cricket, and Australian rules football.What this told me was that these list makers had failed to cast a wide enough net In many cases, they hadnt even considered teams from outside their own national borders.Another problem was that the same gangs of standbys kept showing up over and over In the United States, for instance, the 1927 New York Yankees, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and the New England Patriots of the 2000s made nearly every list The only difference was the order in which they were ranked This suggested that my fellow analysts had probably allowed themselves to be prejudiced by the candidates other people had already anointed.To build a proper list, I realized, I would have to ignore all the others, put on blinders to block my own assumptions, and start fresh I would have to consider every team from every major sport anywhere in the world through the fullness of history.The first step was to locate reliable historical records for every professional or international sports league, association, confederation, or annual tournament, from Australia to Uruguayand to isolate every team that either had won a major title or trophy or achieved an exceptional winning streak This process, which took months to complete, yielded a spreadsheet of candidates that ran into the thousands.To set some parameters for my research and filter this group down to a manageable number, I set out to answer three fundamental questions.Question 1 What qualifies as a team Most of the rankings on my dining room table neglected to deal with one vital issue What constitutes a team in the first place A sport like ice dancing, where two people perform together in front of a panel of judges, was often given the same weight as a sport like rugby union, where two groups of fifteen athletes compete head to head The members of Olympic boxing teams, who enter the ring alone, were lumped together with volleyball players, who compete side by side.The dictionary definition of team is about as bare bones as it gets Its defined as any group that works together on a task When it comes to horses or oxen, a team starts with two and goes up from there, but there is no conventional view of how many humans are required Is a group of two people a team or a partnership And do three people make up a team or a trio To settle the matter, I decided that a group of athletes can only be considered a team in the fullest sense of the word if it meets the following three criteria A It has five or members.One thing we can say with certainty is that the smaller a team, the its results depend on individual performances If a team has two members, for instance, each persons contribution should account for something close to 50 percent of the outcome If one athlete performs spectacularly, or chokes miserably, theres a strong possibility that they might single handedly determine the result.To limit my sample to teams where the collective performance of the group will nearly always matter than the contribution of any one member, I decided to eliminate all teams that involve dyads doubles tennis, doubles luge, Olympic beach volleyball, pairs skating, and ice dancing I also eliminated curling, which involves teams of three Only polo teams have four members, but that sport was nixed for another reason see Question 2, Section A In the end, the smallest units I included were basketball teams, which field five members, and where the average contributions of the players at each position should theoretically account for about 20 percent of the team total.B Its members interact with the opponent.A big part of the mysterious alchemy of a team is how well its members respond in real time to another set of athletes that is trying to clobber them This kind of synchrony is obviously a big part of football, soccer, basketball, water polo, and ice hockey, where the athletes spend the whole game engaging with their adversaries on both offense and defense But there are some sports in which teams dont interact with the other side A few examples of these discards rowing, team cycling, judged competitions like gymnastics and synchronized swimming, and timed events like running and swimming relays.C Its members work together.In some so called team sports like Olympic wrestling, boxing, and skiing, the athletes show up together wearing the same uniforms but compete individually In golf and tennis team competitions like the Ryder Cup and Davis Cup singles, the players also contribute to an aggregate score but compete as individuals Because the athletes on these teams never physically interact with their teammates, I eliminated them.This rule put two major sports on the bubble baseball and cricket In baseball, pitchers and catchers will interact throughout the game, and fielders often work together to make playsbut thats about it In cricket, theres even less direct engagement One teammate might relay the ball to another while stopping a boundary, and run outs are often achieved by one player throwing to another at the stumps, but the most crucial things players do, whether theyre batting, fielding, pitching, or bowling, are generally done alone without any direct assistance from teammates Its impossible to say that direct, physical interaction between athletes is the key to success.There is one aspect of both baseball and cricket that distinguishes these games from other low interaction sports, howeverthe amount of teammate coordination In cricket, for instance, players running between wickets have to keep close tabs on one another The positioning of the fielders and the approaches taken by the batsmen, who work in partnerships, are all determined by a larger collaborative plan A cricket bowler and wicketkeeper dont exactly play catch, as baseball pitchers and catchers do, but they sometimes do strategize together on what deliveries to use for specific batsmen In both sports, the importance of coordinating effort, and making split second mental adjustments, overrides the fact that the players dont physically engage very often I decided to let both games play on.Question 2 How do you separate the wheat from the chaff Question number one cut my list of candidate teams down by roughly a third, but there were still thousands left to analyze My next job was to figure out some criteria to use to decide whether a teams accomplishments belong in the highest echelon.If the threshold for greatness in sports is simply winning lots of games over a lengthy period of time, then there is nothing distinguishing a multiple Olympic champion from a neighborhood beer league frisbee team To make sure only the most exceedingly credentialed teams were considered, I applied the following three rules A The team played a major sport.No team can claim freak status if it played an obscure regional sport with a modest fan base and a relatively limited talent pool This rule led to some easy cuts, most of them involving non Olympic team sports such as Brazilian footvolley, Scottish tug of war, Finnish pespallo, Japanese bo taoshi, and American professional lacrosse.Another group of relatively small non Olympic sports was difficult to judge Australian rules football, Irish hurling, Gaelic football, Argentine polo, and netball in the Commonwealth nations are not globally popular, but they all enjoy huge followings somewhere, either in terms of spectator interest or participation The trouble is that the countries that adore them just arent very big To decide which ones to include, I resorted to looking at television ratings Unless a sports premier matches attracted many millions of viewers, it was axed The only sport that passed this test was Australian rules football.The final six cuts here were the trickiest When it comes to handball, womens soccer, volleyball, field hockey, water polo, and rugby union, the international teamsthe popular and prestigious ones you see at the Olympics or at World Cupsqualified for inclusion in my study The professional teams in the same sports, which compete in relatively obscure domestic leagues in different countries, generally have smaller followings and less talent They did not.B It played against the worlds top competition.Theres an old saying in sports that to be the best, you have to beat the best While many teams on my list regularly took on the fittest thoroughbreds of their sport, there were than a thousand who faced a level of competition that paled in comparison to that found in a richer, prestigious league somewhere else.By culling these lesser leagues from the herd, I eliminated Canadian football, professional ice hockey in Russia and Sweden, and all European mens and womens domestic professional basketball associations, among others This rule also disqualified intercollegiate team sports in the United States, where the player pool is limited to currently enrolled students and the quality of play is inferior to that seen in professional leagues or at the Olympic level.C Its dominance stretched over many years.Anyone who witnessed Argentinas hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup soccer quarterfinals, or David Tyrees fluky helmet catch that allowed the New York Giants to win the 2008 Super Bowl, knows that luck plays an essential role in sports No team has ever won a championship without benefiting from a few favorable bounces But while some luck is essential, too much of it can camouflage the truth about a team, making it seem exceptional when it really isnt.Statisticians acknowledge the role of luck, and they have tied themselves in knots for years trying to develop formulas to account for it They have calculated historical averages that can tell you whether a team is winning or losing often than it should based on how many goals or points it scored versus how many it allowed These kinds of statistics can make a convincing case that a teams performance is unusualbut they still cant tell you whether the culprit was luck or some other kind of anomaly.The first assumption we can make about luck is that some teams probably owe their accomplishments to an extraordinary abundance of it At the same time, we can assume that a handful of teams out there managed to win multiple titles despite having suffered bad luck than good Its also possible that some teams control their own destiny by putting themselves in enterprising positions where a little luck goes a long way have fun trying to measure that.Wildly entertaining and thought provoking makes you reexamine long held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together.Theo Epstein,president of baseball operations,Chicago Cubs If you care about leadership, talent development, or the art of competition, you need to read this immediately.Daniel Coyle, author of The Culture Code The insights in this book are tremendous.Bob Myers, general manager, Golden State Warriors An awesome book I find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out of the norm leader.Carli Lloyd, co captain, U.S Soccer Womens National Team A great read Sam Walker used data and a systems approach to reach some original and unconventional conclusions about the kinds of leaders that foster enduring success Most business and leadership books lapse into clichs This one is fresh.Jeff Immelt, chairman and former CEO, General Electric I cant tell you how much I loved The Captain Class It identifies something many people whove been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our culture.Derek Falvey, chief baseball officer, Minnesota Twins The Captain Class really resonated with me It will absolutely be part of my thought process as we continue to build our roster.Ryan Pace, general manager, Chicago Bears Ive been involved with an undefeated high school team, an undefeated college team, and coached in two Super Bowls The Captain Class made me think back to those teams The captains were indeed characters with a bit of uniqueness and a certain grittiness.Pat Ruel, offensive line coach, Seattle Seahawks The best book Ive read this year.Mike Dunlap, head basketball coach, Loyola Marymount University I couldnt agree with the premise of The Captain Class Like the greatest athletic teams, every elite team and fighting unit Ive seen in the military that has displayed consistent excellence over time has a leader like Sam Walker describes.Jason Armagost, U.S Air Force brigadier general, commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar The most fabulous book on freakish sporting success and leadership traits commonly shared across the greatest teams of all time.Rich Buchanan, performance director, Swansea City FC English Premier League A stunning mix of research and narrative.Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet Im not even a sports nut and I couldn t put it down.Dan Heath, co author of the New York Times bestseller Made to Stick One of the most 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  • Format Kindle
  • 368 pages
  • 0812987071
  • Sam Walker
  • Anglais
  • 15 March 2017