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Play to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and Life [Paperback]

Larry Wilson , Hersch Wilson , Ken Blanchard
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Aug. 18 2004
Packed with time-tested techniques and real-life case studies, this work and life field guide is based on the famous training program of the same name. Now you can put this powerful resource to work in your search for fulfillment in your professional and personal life.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A game-changer May 17 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For me, this is the quintessential leadership book. It's easy to read, deeply reflective and spot-on accurate. I've gifted this book to dozens of people to help them with their work and life situations and everyone is grateful they read it.
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Play To Win, is in my professional opinion, more valuable and practical than Dr. Stephen Covey's - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing growth over fear. Feb. 18 2004
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Format:Hardcover
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 Wilson.Playing to Win is a soup to nuts approach to personal development as only Larry Wilson can do.Are you playing it a little bit too safe? What is that costing you? Read Playing to Win. It may revolutionize your whole life as it has mine. Outstanding book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Falls short in some aspects April 6 2003
Format:Hardcover
The message of the book is very easy to understand. It boils down to not having fear or letting fear and emotions control our reactions. Always STOP, CHALLENGE and CHOOSE in the face of crisis. Stop to think. Challenge your moment's thoughts and reactions. Choose the optimal course of action. The definition of the author for winning is lovely indeed: to do the best that one can with all that one has.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Play to Win Feb. 22 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Read this excellent book only if you dare to risk change. My life changed entirely when I began focussing on fulfillment rather than safety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Inspiring and Practical Book March 6 2001
Format:Hardcover
"Play to Win" provides a rare combination of inspiration with solid tips on how to be more effective in life and in business. Founded on very solid psychological platforms with a slant toward practical experiences, it is an exciting book to read. My 2 cents: Stop, Challenge, and Choose this book if you are interested in developing yourself...well, it has helped me refine a few thoughts and beliefs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK but not perfect Jan. 13 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I stopped reading after chapter 5 and went on to a new book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Wilson does it again! Jan. 9 2000
Format:Hardcover
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 organizations how to lead people to the promise land of success. Of all the Larry Wilson books, Play to Win is my favorite. It cuts to the chase, speaks in easy to understand language, and drives home the point that we all have the choice to choose growth over fear. Only Larry and Hersch Wilson could have written this book. I've recommended it to clients all over the world. Its pure genius written in terms the rest of us can understand and implement.
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