16 Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence
Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time, personal integrity both on and off the field. Yet the word most closely associated with him is not “winner:—it’s “leader.” Since his retirement a decade ago, he has become a popular motivational speaker sought out by corporations nationwide, speaking to capacity audiences as large as twenty thousand.
Now making his message available to a broader audience, Montana teams up with performance coach Tom Mitchell, Ph. D., to extend to all areas of life the truths of success on the field. The Winning Spirit shows that ultimately, performance excellence is fueled by personal integrity. This is the key to winning the inner game, which is about accountability and attitude, as well as desire, enthusiasm, effort, and appreciation.
With great stories and practical strategies, Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell give us hard-won advice based on years of success. This timely and timeless message is nothing less than a contemporary motivational classic.
“We who know the rigors of athletics honor Joe Montana’s career, because it demonstrated hard work, mental toughness, and the inner knowledge and confidence of doing the right thing. The Winning Spirit gives us an insider’s view of the makings of this warrior.”
— Phil Jackson, nine-time NBA championship coach, author of The Last Season and Sacred Hoops
“Joe Montana’s history of poise and presence has set a standard for athletes for many years. His competitive zeal, and his passion for the game of football as well as life, are reflected in The Winning Spirit. The energy Montana brings to any activity is an inspiration to all of us.”
—Bill Walsh, former head coach, San Francisco 49ers, author of Bill Walsh, Finding the Winning Edge
“Joe Montana showed me and all his teammates what courage is all about. He taught us that to be winners, we must never give up. That’s the winning spirit that makes Joe a giant both on and off the field.”
—Ronnie Lott, ten-time Pro Bowl selection, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
“In The Winning Spirit, Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell have joined together to share their tools for peak performance. They make success, achievement, and performance under pressure accessible to athletes and weekend warriors as well as people in all walks of life.”
—Brian Boitano, champion ice skater, 1988 Olympic gold medalist
“Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell are dedicated to transforming everyday management teams into high performance leadership teams. We are fortunate to have these two pros now sharing with a wider audience their secrets about enthusiasm, resilience, and the competitive spirit.”
—John Polumbo, president and CEO, AT&T Consumer
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