- 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 (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,726 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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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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Top Customer Reviews
Think Chimp Paradox is a much better book or Jack Canfields books
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.
It uses simple language and does not make an attempt to associate the experience of the Author to the technical aspects of psychology so it is a light hearted read but does not push the boundaries of the subject matter.
A personable and personal account of someone's life experience that no doubt people will be able to relate to and for some it might given them the starting point or motivation to make a change in their life.
The book has a simple messages and does not pretend to be anything that it is not.
Unpretentious but not necessarily innovative.
Interestingly enough, its almost impossible to get a book written about, essentially, how to win an Olympic Gold, so this works on a number of levels.
Worth a read? Certainly.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, pretty good and well written. Some of the lessons/conclusions a little bit too neat and simplistic, but no harm in that, given the general tone and insight.Published 19 days ago by Avid reader of history
Ben presented at a recent conference and consequently i bought the book. Awesome to see sporting ideas being adapted for use in a business context. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andy smith
This is a book that will inspire all athletes and professionals who have set themselves a big goal or who know that serious effort will be required to get through the next rapid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K Devos
I was recommended this book by a friend who saw a speech by Ben Hunt-Davis, and it didn't fail to deliver. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frazer Locke
A must read for anyone who wants to succeed. Very impressive. I have ordered copies for both my adult sons.Published 6 months ago by ian ronald lowry
a great book - great mix of real life sports based situations and how these can be related to your life in business, challenges, sports or other contexts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. C. Barclay
A tiny bit repetitive, and overall I wasn't hugely motivated by this book. But of course, it's only my opinion.Published 6 months ago by Em H
Great book for helping you to realise your dreams or goals. Easy to read and extremely inspirational.Published 7 months ago by David Tonks
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