World-record endurance athlete and professional leadership coach Jason Caldwell draws on his amazing experiences to show how anyone can build and lead teams that accomplish incredible things.
Thirty-five days, 14 hours, and 3 minutes. That’s how long it took Jason Caldwell and the crew of the American Spirit to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean during the 2016 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge–or, as it’s known to those who attempt it, “The World’s Toughest Row.” They not only succeeded but set a world record.
This was an extraordinary team effort. And that’s what this book is about. Caldwell transfers the hard-won lessons of his transatlantic adventure out of the ocean and into your office, showing how to build and lead teams that do what others say cannot be done and sustain that level of performance.
The thrilling details of Caldwell’s quest to break the world’s record deliver a “just-one-more-page” experience, during which you’ll also learn lessons like
• How to quit like a winner • Why results aren’t the measure of a high-performance team • What four questions you should ask yourself before you set any goal • How to harness the power of emotion-first leadership • Why the best people aren’t necessarily the right people for your team
This book is a distillation of Caldwell’s worldwide speaking programs delivered to packed crowds at Fortune 500 companies and universities worldwide. It is the answer to a question he is constantly asked: How were you and your teams able to accomplish such seemingly impossible goals? And it’s also a guidebook that can teach anyone how to do the same.
“Jason inspired our leadership team to reach for our potential. He is a great storyteller, kind, humble and hugely inspiring. We connected better as a team, built a great team spirit and culture, and delivered outstanding results because of the work we did with Jason.” —Martin Buckley, VP/GM Nike Global Football
“Jason Caldwell offers practical, powerful, and poignant insights about building high performance teams, and just as importantly, about how to bring out the best in yourself. His own story of team triumph is one of the most moving and resonant that I’ve heard. He offers one of the most meaningful, memorable and worthwhile messages available on leadership development.” —Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
“Jason’s character comes out to all who know his work. His drive to achieve his goals, perseverance through extreme adversity, determination to win and a unique ability to turn failure into a powerful motivational force, set him apart from 99 percent of the people I’ve met. No doubt one of the most inspirational adventurers and leaders of today.” —Chris Koch, CEO, Carlisle Companies Incorporated