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The Captain Class - The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams-logo

The Captain Class - The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams

Sam Walker

The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's sports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed. The secret to winning is not what you think it is. It's not the coach. It's not the star. It's not money. It's not a strategy. It's something else entirely. Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in common? As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain-a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness. Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class-from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history-from Bill Russell's legendary "Coleman Play" in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona's "Figo Game" against Real Madrid in 2000-The Captain Class doesn't just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines. The men and wo

The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's sports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed. The secret to winning is not what you think it is. It's not the coach. It's not the star. It's not money. It's not a strategy. It's something else entirely. Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in common? As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain-a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness. Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class-from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history-from Bill Russell's legendary "Coleman Play" in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona's "Figo Game" against Real Madrid in 2000-The Captain Class doesn't just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines. The men and wo
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The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's sports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed. The secret to winning is not what you think it is. It's not the coach. It's not the star. It's not money. It's not a strategy. It's something else entirely. Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in common? As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain-a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness. Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class-from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history-from Bill Russell's legendary "Coleman Play" in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona's "Figo Game" against Real Madrid in 2000-The Captain Class doesn't just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines. The men and wo

Language:

English

Narrators:

Keith Szarabajka

Length:

9h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:48


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:31