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Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances by J. Richard Hackman

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Expert Coaching

You are the coach of a high school basketball team. With just five games to go in the season, your team has a shot at the conference championship. Tonight is a must-win contest against the other championship contender. The players have completed their warm-up on the court and are now trooping into the locker room, where you will have a few minutes with them before the game begins. What do you want to accomplish in those few minutes? And how will you go about doing it?

Now it’s halftime, and you are down by four points. Your team has played well, but the opponents played just a bit better—especially on defense. They succeeded in bottling up your best shooter, and toward the end of the half she was showing visible signs of frustration ...

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