Play to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and Life Paperback – Aug 18 2004
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Larry Wilson is a case study in how the self-help business has "gone corporate." He founded Wilson Learning Corporation in 1965, sold that company, and in 1983 started Pecos River, a training and consulting firm specializing in "accelerating and facilitating individual and organizational change and growth." Pecos River is now Pecos River Change Management Division of Aon Consulting Worldwide, a firm that can trace its own lineage back to insurance tycoon and self-help maven W. Clement Stone's Combined Insurance Company of America. With a nod to Abraham Maslow and his theory of self-actualization, the Wilsons challenge readers to "thrive instead of survive," grow up emotionally and spiritually, and think in new ways. For them winning is not beating out others but avoiding the mindset of simply "playing not to lose." Presented effectively in low-key, straightforward fashion, this book is based on techniques Wilson's firm has developed and utilized in work with more than 500,000 persons. David Rouse --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Now, in terms of implementation, there is a lot of space devoted to the what, but barely one chapter devoted to the how to put the book's ideas in practice, although it's fair to say that there's a good number of examples and cases brought forward. The second to last chapter is dedicated to putting together a Statement of Purpose, followed by a Vision and a plan to set it all in motion, but I can't help remembering the level of detail that Stephen Covey goes into in his book "The 7 Habits..." when discussing this same topic, and this is one that he covers early on in his book, devoting the rest of it to ways to make it happen.
All in all, it feels like a useful Step 1 book, whose key message (STOP, CHALLENGE and CHOOSE) is helpful to have present at all times, but not a book that will help make a huge step in changing your life for the long term: it falls short in some aspects, which is why I recommend Stephen Covey's work more.
Larry and Hersch have now laid it all out on the line. In a nutshell--living with integrity is a choice. Sometimes it's tough, but leaders must stand up for principles and values. That's what I teach in my seminars and training courses. I personally recommend this book to everyone . . . if you only read one book this year--make this the one.--LINDA CHANDLER, Author of "Winning Strategies For Capital Formation" and "Compelling Selling: Pathways to Sales Mastery." (CEO of Chandler Leadership & Development, LLC).
I have been through many of your original courses from the early 80's. Therefore, I could envision what a challenge it was to take ideas that come so alive in a classroom and translate them to readable learning theory in the book. Great job on a challenging task.
Thanks again, Mark Rikess
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For me, this is the quintessential leadership book. It's easy to read, deeply reflective and spot-on accurate. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Todd Attridge
Play To Win, is in my professional opinion, more valuable and practical than Dr. Stephen Covey's - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.Published on Dec 22 2013 by Chris B. Rush
This great book by Larry Wilson is all about choosing growth over fear. It's about the miracle of personal development and no one knows more about personal development than Larry... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
Read this excellent book only if you dare to risk change. My life changed entirely when I began focussing on fulfillment rather than safety.Published on Feb. 22 2002
"Play to Win" provides a rare combination of inspiration with solid tips on how to be more effective in life and in business. Read morePublished on March 5 2001 by Douglas OLoughlin
Play to Win is the finest, most on-target business book I have ever read.Since he founded Wilson learning corporation in 1965, Larry Wilson has been teaching the worlds largest... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2000 by Steve Siebold
This is a book to live your life by! If a generation X person(or younger) could read and comprehend what is being shared in this book, their life would be so much more. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 1999
Readable, step-by-step approach to personal and professional growth and development. While adhering to the maxim there's nothing new under the sun, I find some people combine a... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 1999
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