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No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change by Gary Burnison

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Chapter Six

COACH JOHN MCKISSICK: BUILDING TEAMS

A high school athletic department may not be the first place you'd think of when studying characteristics of the world's best leaders. Yet anyone who has ever played sports at any level, from Little League to college athletics, can tell you there are lessons imparted on the playing field that apply to any competitive arena, including business.

The journey to find the “winningest” coach in football led to Summerville, South Carolina, population forty-five thousand, where for nearly sixty years John McKissick has coached the Summerville “Green Wave.” With a cumulative total of 576 victories (as of the end of the 2009 season), McKissick stands out. No other coach at the high school, college, or professional ...

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