NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the coach of the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Tournament–winning Villanova University men’s basketball team comes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG
When Kris Jenkins sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament, it was a victory not just for a team and its coach but for an entire program. In his twentieth season with the Villanova program, including a five-year stint as an assistant to Coach Rollie Massimino, Coach Jay Wright had achieved his lifelong dream—and witnessed the culmination of a decades-long effort to build a culture of winning around a set of core values.
In Attitude, Coach Wright shares some of the leadership secrets that have enabled Villanova, a private university with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 6,500, to thrive in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics. As he recounts the story of the 2015–16 Wildcats, Coach Wright offers anecdotes from his own journey up the ladder of success, with lessons learned on the Little League playing fields of his youth and wisdom passed down from his coaches and mentors.
Each step of Villanova’s journey to a national championship incorporates a signature term torn from Coach Wright’s own motivational playbook. Here are key principles that aspiring leaders can apply, not only on the basketball court but in the boardroom, the classroom, and the living room. From learning to accept your role to remembering to honor those who came before us, Jay Wright’s core values provide a positive blueprint for transformational team building based on the idea that anyone—from the head coach to the last player on the bench—can be a leader when the moment demands it.
The product of a lifetime’s worth of championship-level preparation, Attitude is perfect for anyone looking to build a team, achieve a goal, or nurture their own winning culture.
Praise for Attitude
“Jay Wright’s Attitude is filled with wonderful anecdotes, life lessons, and that which we all seek: wisdom.”—Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus, Nike
“In 2015–16, Villanova displayed the best attributes of a champion by playing hard, smart, and together. Jay Wright instilled those traits in his team, and in Attitude he shares the universal leadership lessons that helped it succeed.”—Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University basketball
Wright, a longtime Villanova University men's basketball coach, recalls the team's arduous path to the 2016 NCAA championship and the leadership tools he employed to get his team working together but his book contains scant insight and little substance. He extols his school spirit, raves about the fans' enthusiasm, thanks the donors, and essentially writes a letter of recommendation for every player even the senior walk-ons. The book fails on two important fronts. First, as an insider's look at a championship run, it is toothless; you can practically hear Sheridan, the team's media relations director, pounding any potentially edgy thought into mush. Second, Wright's management tips are so obvious ("It never hurts to solicit input from your team") that the business high-achievers hoping to learn from his success will be disappointed. Wright clearly values his players as more than cogs in a winning machine, but the PR gloss reduces him to a handsome, suit-wearing robot spouting award banquet clich s. It's hard to tell whether this is a motivational tool or an additional piece of recruitment material for potential scholarship players.
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Good read but needed more business related topics
I have already read about half the book but so far it is a little bit about attitude and a lot about Jay. I would have loved to hear more about how attitude leads to great teams and what an important personal attribute it is for any leader. Hopefully jay can pull it together toward the end of the book.