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Joe Torre's ground rules for winners
Torre, Joe, 1940-
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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282 pages ; 22 cm
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At head of title: 12 keys to managing team players, tough bosses, setbacks, and success.
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Just when baseball was desperately in need of a hero, along came Joe Torre, the unflappable manager of the New York Yankees, who led North Americas favourite team to two world championships and the best single-season record in the history of the game. When Torre first took the helm in 1996, he was much like any employee with a high-pressure job; he had to contend with a record of recent failures, team infighting, outsized egos, and a notoriously difficult boss. Within months, he had implemented a winning formula for team chemistry, hard work, good spirits, and a workable relationship with his tough boss. In the tradition of the bestselling Success Is a Choice, by Rick Pitino and the extraordinary Raise the Roof by Pat Head Summitt, Torre divulges his 12 keys to managerial success. His invaluable advice and management methods apply just as well off the field as they do on and will motivate almost anyone to perform better. With entertaining stories from his experiences with the always colourful Yankees, he describes his strategies, including specific communication skills, the small bites approach, trust and respect toward team players, and a style of serenity and optimism. Joe Torre is a unique role model, a leader who projects an image of integrity, equanimity, and fairness. Sports enthusiasts, as well as executives, employees, and anyone faced with the challenge of managing people, will be enlightened and inspired by this guide to winning in the business world and in life. Joe Torre clinched his second World Series as the manager of the New York Yankees in 1998, making him the toast of New York. Henry Dreher is a New York-based writer who specializes in health and self-help. He has authored many books, as well as magazine articles and corporate speeches.

Author Notes

Joe Torre was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 18, 1940. He played professional baseball for the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Mets. In 1965, he won a Gold Glove as a catcher. He later managed all three teams he played for as well as the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. During his tenure as manager of the Yankees, from 1996 to 2007, the Yankees reached the post season each year and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Series titles. From 1985 to 1990, he was a television analyst for the California Angels and was a guest analyst for ESPN during the 1989 World Series. He has also written books including Chasing the Dream, Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners, and The Yankee Years.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Key #1: Know Your Team Playersp. 7
Chapter 2 Key #2: Fairness, Respect, and Trust: Torre's Triple Playp. 37
Chapter 3 Key #3: Straight Communication: The Key to Trustp. 71
Chapter 4 Key #4: Maintain Serenity (As Best You Can)p. 107
Chapter 5 Key #5: Sustain Optimism (Even During Slumps)p. 137
Chapter 6 Key #6: Trust Your Intuition (But Rely on Your Management Team)p. 163
Chapter 7 Key #7: Dealing with Tough Bosses I: Create Mutual Respect and Trustp. 185
Chapter 8 Key #8: Dealing with Tough Bosses II: Assert Your Agenda-and Your Integrityp. 197
Chapter 9 Key #9: Dealing with Tough Bosses III: Deference, Distance, and Dialogue: Striking the Balancep. 215
Chapter 10 Key #10: Steadiness and Small Bites: How to Handle Setbacksp. 231
Chapter 11 Key #11: Caring, Conviction, and Commitment: The Three C's to Successp. 249
Chapter 12 Key #12: The Game of Life: Sacrifice Is Not Just a Buntp. 265