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Win Forever by Pete Carroll

I just read Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion by football coach Pete Carroll. What did I think? That it’s a must-read for any engineering leader. Even in my 14th year of team management, I still learned new tips from Carroll’s work. Concepts like communicating your philosophy, focusing on work vs. the outcome, and staying positive are all crucial both in sports and in software.

It was refreshing to be reminded that in football, as well as in software, you are your own competition. Staying focused on your work and your customers -- rather than those of your competition -- is what will make or break your company. Pete Carroll also talks about the tightening that takes place when people are uncertain about their abilities or goals:

The only competition that matters is the one that takes place within yourself. It isn’t about external factors. Tim Gallwey and his Inner Game approach to performance has had a huge impact on how I look at the challenges of coaching. Specifica…