Another book I recently finished is Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis – Lessons from a Master.
I am terrible at tennis and don’t really play much. But, this is the best business strategy book I have read. Seriously. His tennis lessons are just as relevant and applicable within the walls of this agency and probably in your office too.
You be the judge.
On his playing style . . .
“I don’t overpower people. I don’t have any flashy shots. I win because I have the ability to implement my basic game strategy successfully: maximize my strengths and minimize my weaknesses….At the same time I want to maximize my opponent’s weaknesses and minimize their strengths.”
On preparing for competition . . .
“(The) process of review will lead me right into the equally important process of planning my strategy: 1.) What do I want to make happen? 2.) What do I want to prevent from happening?”
On tempo . . .
“Don’t rush: Be thoughtful, deliberate, observant, and analytical”
On planning . . .
“Have a plan. A player who has a plan is a thinking player. Even a bad plan is better than no plan at all. A bad plan will be recognized and changed . . . the results will be a better plan. Better plans win.”
Sounds a lot like us.