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This book by former Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce doesn't break any new theoretical ground about leadership, but Croce makes the heavy lifting required of exceptional leaders look and sound attainable. Good leaders, Croce says, should be servants, not dictators. His fast-paced, motivational primer is an entertaining, anecdote-filled, step-by-step guide for starting and leading change, complete with no-nonsense tips and salty, locker-room exhortations ("If you rest, you rust," "Don't let your thinkin' become stinkin'" and several that are less printable). Particularly compelling are Croce's homespun tales about the boyhood lessons he picked up on the mean streets of north Philadelphia. His local heroes include a Catholic nun who turned a dream into a homeless shelter and his father, "the original Pat Croce," who taught his son how to out-negotiate a hustler for a great deal on a leather coat - but to do it with integrity. Croce dispenses advice in a series of to-do lists peppered throughout the book, including "Twelve Ways to Build a Passionate Team," "Croce's Three Rules for Praise;" the "Six C's of Communication;" the "Ten Commandments of Service" and more. getAbstract recommends this book as a lively and colorful read, and a worthwhile reminder that good leaders are made - not born. They are reflected by the teams they create and the values they live by day to day.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Seven key skills you need to become a self-made leader;
  • Fundamental values that will inspire others to follow you; and
  • How leadership skills and actions can translate into gains for your organization.

About the Authors

Pat Croce is a motivational speaker, minority partner of the Philadelphia 76ers, founder of Sports Physical Therapists, Inc., and a columnist for Fortune Small Business magazines. He was a commentator for NBC during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Co-writer Bill Lyon, a prize-winning, veteran sports columnist, has been writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1972.



Anybody Can Lead
The team's rebirth was a classic turnaround feat. When Pat Croce joined the Philadelphia 76ers basketball franchise as president following its dismal, last-place 1995-1996 season, the Sixers were an embarrassment to their city and their league. The team had racked up ...

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