- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Matador (1 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848769660
- ISBN-13: 978-1848769663
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Will it Make the Boat Go Faster?: Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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A few years ago I teamed up with Harriet Beveridge, an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic and we wrote "Will It Make The Boat Go Faster".
We loved writing it and it seems as though people are loving reading it. It tells the story of my journey to win an Olympic Gold Medal and how what we learnt can be used by everyone in everyday life.
About the Author
Harriet Beveridge is an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic. On graduating from Oxford, she became a Management Consultant with Ernst and Young. She went on to specialise in leadership development and is now a director of an international coaching company and runs helpfulhumour.com, the coaching resource which blends comedy and personal development. Ben Hunt-Davis spent 10 years chasing the Olympic dream. He came 6th in Barcelona and 8th in Atlanta. Since winning Gold at the Sydney Olympics Ben has run a successful corporate coaching company, helping FTSE 100 companies make their 'boats go faster'. Ben is now 2012 Programme Director for the British Olympic Association.
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Whether you are keen on sport or not, whether you have your sights set on becoming a chief exec or just an all round decent human being, the stories and ideas in this book will significantly help you on your road. Ben's stories of the effort, trials and sheer guts employed by the GB Men's Eight in reaching the top of the podium at the Sydney Olympics for the first time in nearly a century of British rowing are an emotional roller coaster that will inspire even the most exercise phobic amongst the audience. At each stage Harriet, then draws out the practical lessons that can be made use of by normal human beings to make a significant difference to their lives and the world they seek to touch. The book is so much more than a story or a recipe book for success. The messages in here will profoundly affect many who read it.
From a personal perspective, I have already made use of the inspiration and practical ideas to refocus my own goals, strategies and tactics - the proof of that pudding will be in the eating but I am grateful to Harriet and Ben for their contribution.
... and if you want a real "fix" of adrenaline and emotion that sums up this extraordinary book then check out the YouTube clip of the 8+ final at [...] and compare it with the last chapter of the book.
This inspirational book from Ben Hunt-Davies is derived from a career in pursuit of the ultimate achievement: an Olympic gold medal in one of the toughest and most competitive sports, rowing. If you know nothing about rowing, here is a description of a poster at the Harvard University boat club that sums up the sport for me: there is a photo of a men's eight in the middle of a race with the caption "The same refined European spirit of rivalry that gave us cricket, badminton and [referring to men in a boat] the medieval torture rack."
Ben's book is intelligently and authentically put together with Harriet Beverage; it tells a genuine story of the journey to Olympic gold, drawing on the positive and negative experiences to provide the reader with insights into the team's and Ben's personal approach to success. These insights have produced personal and team development techniques and are all written to enable the reader to implement these in practical steps. The chapters on belief systems, bull**** filters and making it happen are absolute gems - I've referred many junior executives to read these chapters when they are finding work tough going and need to refresh their motivation.
This book is a practical, no nonsense, honest and human approach to personal and team development. If you are looking for an academic piece, full of research papers and theory, then look elsewhere. If you want to know how to apply real-world techniques for real-world success, then this is no-brainer... don't leave it on the shelf with the mediocrity, add it to your basket.
Have you ever had a crazy dream? Something that you want to achieve that seems tantalisingly out of reach? Nothing could be more extreme than spending four years aiming for a goal that could only be achieved on one day and in less than five and a half minutes.
But the Olympic 8+ rowing team did achieve their crazy dream. They were the first British 8+ rowing team to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney in 2000. And this compelling book explains how they did it. It is a personable account of the highs and lows of their journey. But the magic of “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” is that it translates the far-fetched, other worldly aspirations of Olympians into take-away chapters for real life. After each gripping chapter describing Ben Hunt-Davis’s Olympic experience is a chapter summarising the lessons that can help you achieve your (perhaps) more humble dreams. In this way, the book covers topics such as goals, motivation, how to filter out unhelpful information, dealing with change and overcoming setbacks to name but a few.
I had no interest in rowing when I picked up this book, but I found the information about the rowing itself fascinating. I have recommended this book to rowing fans as well as people who are just looking for some inspiration to help them with business or with life.
As Lord Digby Jones, Former General of CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment is quoted as saying on the back cover,
“I challenge every Business woman & man in the country not to take something away from this big contribution to Business thinking.”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the co-founder of a start-up I am sometimes underwhelmed by the business books I read, especially because so many seem to avoid difficult issues like failure and anger. Read morePublished 19 days ago by S. Freeman
This book allows you to have an insight into Ben Hunt-Davis' relentless journey for success and how you can use his and Harriet Beveridge's winning techniques in your everyday... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Natasha Evans
I have read a number of sports books over the years,but I truly believe this is the best. The format is really fresh and thought -provoking, and the manner in which the authors... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing read. I'm trying to get a startup off the ground and this book has kept me motivated and clear headed, I didn't want it to end and will no doubt read again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of those very rare books that when you finish reading, you just know, without any shadow of doubt, that life will never be the same again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malcolm
This is a fascinating book and a great motivational story - every sportsman and manager should read.Published 1 month ago by Kunde 1
Good book would have preferred it more as an actual story rather than separate chapters explaining how to implement the key learning.Published 2 months ago by phil statham
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