Strive's Top Five:


1.) Legacy by james Kerr


What are the secrets of success and sustaining that success? How do you, consistently, achieve world-class standards? How do you Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 10.13.47 AM-2.pnghandle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you're gone? These are all questions that author, James Kerr addresses in his book, Legacy.

Legacy, dives into one of the most successful sporting teams in the world’s culture - The All Blacks of New Zealand. The book reveals 15 powerful and practical leadership lessons. These lessons set ideal leadership standards for even the highest caliber athlete and how to make these consistent practices, day after day, week after week and year after year. Much like our work here at Strive, Kerr reveals how their strong and unshakeable team culture and success is centered around core values: hierarchy and power structure, traditions and rituals, stories and hero’s, symbols and artifacts, language and vocabulary, practices and routines, and credos and slogans.

Here at Strive, we believe that a team’s culture should align with their core values. We work with leaders and teams to ensure they are able to clearly state and articulate their missions, their values and how their culture aligns with those. Successful teams are ones who’s culture aligns with their core values and is tangibly acted upon in everything that they do. 


2.) Inside out Coaching by Joe Ehrmann

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Author of InSideOut Coaching, Joe Ehrmann, reminisces on his experiences as a high school, college, and professional athlete and the role coaches played in his success. Ehrmann, a former Syracuse University All-American and NFL star, takes readers through his coaching philosophy and explains how sports can transform lives at every level of play, from the earliest years to professional sports.

He drives home the concept of coaches being transformational and having the ability to make a difference in the lives of their athletes. However, many coaches fail to do the teaching, mentoring, even life-saving intervention that their platform provides. He claims this is due to coaches being too “transactional” or solely focusing on winning and meeting their own personal goals. The “transformational” coaches teach the X’s and O’s but also help young athletes grow into responsible adults with intentional core values. They leave a lasting legacy and, in the process, change society by helping to develop healthy men and women.

The core of our name, “Strive: How You Lead Matters” is a testament to this principle...not only does it matter that you are an effective leader, but the manner in which you lead.


3.) Drive by Daniel Pink


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As coaches, often one of our greatest charges is to unearth the motivation of our student athletes. From sprints, to team awards, increased competition, to more rest days--we often find ourselves in the scramble to get at the heart of what really motivates our students and trying to motivate them in the heat of competition.

Daniel Pink’s, Drive, dives into the science of what motivates individuals from athletics to industry. He argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. His main focus is on three specific main elements of motivation: Autonomy, mastery, and purpose. He challenges coaches to promote autonomy, which adds a level of mastery and purpose to the maturity of student-athletes. He provides an insightful position on motivation, which coaches can apply to everything from practice planning to team responsibilities and culture.

At Strive, we believe curiosity, passion, and self-direction are essential to buy-in and creating a positive culture. Through our workshop curriculum, we get to the root of motivation and build action steps for prolonged motivation and grit.


4.) Good to great by Jim Collins


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When it comes to credentials, author Jim Collins is incredibly impressive. As one of the most influential management consultants in the industry and now a wildly popular, bestselling author, he provides an interesting perspective on the world of business.  

Good to Great explores the factors and characteristics of a “good” companies whom transition into long lasting “great companies”. He further explains why those companies who fade from prominence often flounder due to their organizational decisions. Jim Collins quantitatively studies organizational structure and decision-making, CEO character traits, and branding. He uses these categories to discern which companies make the leap to great and what elements of great companies should be applied to other organizations or teams.

Collins' work directly aligns with our belief that practical leadership can be taught, practiced, and replicated in any team. His findings correlate directly to SMARTER goal setting, comprehensive implementation of core values, and intentionally placing members of a team in positions for them to succeed at an optimal level.


5.) Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Having read many books on leadership, this one is for the person who likes a bit of real life narrative as the backdrop for a case study ofScreen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.57.56 PM-3.png strategic planning and leadership principles.  Set in Ramadi, Iraq, the team here is a group of Navy Seals facing a myriad of challenges and "learning that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails."  Most importantly, leaders always OWN an outcome. 

Each chapter focuses on a specific topic, explaining what they are, why they are important and how to implement them in any leadership environment. These principles include Decentralized Command, Leading Up the Chain and my favorite, Cover and Move.Cover and move--a leap frog of sorts.  The epitome of teamwork, I've got your back.  What a great way to look at it! The authors describe a situation, the thought process, and final outcome as they actually happened. The stories are interesting and eye-opening. The end of the chapter brings practical application as they dissect the scenario again and discuss the principle they applied.  

Extreme Ownership shows how to apply these principles and more to any team, family or organization!  As the #1 New York Times Best Seller, this book is gauarenteed to provide you with thought provoking concepts and a new way of looking at leadership.  


Each book on this list has been intentionally selected to create an insightful and forward-thinking mentality on leadership. Challenge yourself to read all of Strive's Top 5 this summer! Good luck and happy reading!


Keep Strivin' !

-Pam Herath

Leadership Workshops

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