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Business Leadership and the Lessons from Sport

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 1-28
  3. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 29-50
  4. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 51-70
  5. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 71-93
  6. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 94-116
  7. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 117-136
  8. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 137-158
  9. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 159-185
  10. Hans Westerbeek, Aaron Smith
    Pages 186-204
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-211

About this book

Introduction

Sport represents a very intense and dynamic form of competition for individuals and for teams. Many of the themes of business, including leadership, teamworking, mentoring and coaching, strategy, innovation, etc. occur in sport in a very acute and focused way and will determine success or failure. With the use of compelling international examples the authors show how sport provides crucial leadership lessons for business.

Keywords

business innovation marketing strategy

About the authors

HANS WESTERBEEK is Associate Professor of Sport Marketing at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and is a director of Manage to Manage. He is President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, as well as President of The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Australia. He has acted as a consultant to numerous sport organisations and the corporate sector in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is co-author of several books including, Sport Business in the Global Marketplace and The Sport Business Future.

AARON SMITH is Associate Professor of Sport Management at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and is a director of the Dutch-Australian consulting company Manage to Manage. He has acted in a consultant capacity for a diverse range of organisations, including multinational corporations, professional sporting clubs, national and state sport associations, local governments and private enterprises. He is co-author of several books including, Sport Business in the Global Marketplace and The Sport Business Future.

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Reviews

'A wealth of sporting anecdotes provides readers with a funnel to refine and communicate their thoughts and ideas about leadership off the field. There are also some terrific sports stories such as the controlled egos in the 1992 US men's basketball team. If you like to communicate on leadership and teamwork via sporting analogies (as I do) then this book provides a wealth of material.' - Michael O'Keeffe, The Australian Financial Review

'Normally we would run a four-minute mile to avoid any book that draws business lessons from sports. 'Business as sport' is the second most common cliché in management, right on the heels of anything comparing business to a military battlefield. Westerbeek and Smith's contribution, however, is both intelligent and readable; it confronts the well-worn analogies that we've all heard, and neatly surmounts them.' - Harvard Business Review