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by Robyn Benincasa

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I recently saw Robyn Benincasa keynote at a conference, and she was so dynamic and compelling that I jumped at the chance to read a review copy of her new book, "How Winning Works." As the title states, she discusses 8 elements that will result in complete team synergy. She approaches the content from her vast experience competing in and winning extreme adventure races. This woman is amazing; she was a competitive gymnast, a national champion judoka, an Eco-Challenge winner, a world record paddler, an ultra-marathoner, a medalist in multiple Ironman triathlons including the world championship in Kona, and a fire fighter. AND she knows her stuff when it comes to team unity and effectiveness. She approaches the topics with a witty and humorous tone, which for a business book (admittedly not my preferred genre), makes this a painless, speedy, and enjoyable read. "How Winning Works" would be perfect for use in a corporate teambuilding workshop, perhaps read as a group. At the end of each chapter there are relevant activities and questions that can be completed as a team and would be beneficial in building the synergy that Robyn teaches. It also provides a useful perspective for anyone in a leadership or management position or someone who wants to strive for that. ( )
  Katie_H | Jun 2, 2012 |
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Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. In her fifteen-year career as a professional adventure racer, she has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile--and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, she is a firefighter and a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of teamwork and leadership.

In "How Winning Works, " Benincasa shows you how to climb to new levels of professional and personal success. She shares the eight essential elements of teamwork, learned through her extreme adventure racing, that create synergy with all the teammates in your life, from colleagues and customers to family members and friends:

Total Commitment

Empathy and Awareness

Adversity Management

Mutual Respect

"We" Thinking

Ownership of the Project

Relinquishment of Ego

Kinetic Leadership

This field guide to success shares the same training tools and exercises that have become wildly popular in the leadership seminars Benincasa gives to corporations, including Starbucks, Deloitte Consulting, 3M, Verizon, Nestle, Boeing and many others. Stories from her adventure racing also illustrate how winning teams interact under the world's most extreme conditions, from jungles to mountain peaks.

Whether you're trying to beat the competition to market with a new product, scale a looming mountain of deadlines or simply get your kids to clean up their rooms, the advice in this book will take you on an adventure you'll never forget, and coach you over the finish line to success.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:13 -0400)

Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. In her fifteen-year career as a professional adventure racer, she has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile--and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, she is a firefighter and a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of teamwork and leadership. In How Winning Works, Benincasa shows you how to climb to new levels of professional and personal success. She shares the eight essential elements of teamwork, learned through her extreme adventure racing, that create synergy with all the teammates in your life, from colleagues and customers to family members and friends.… (more)

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