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Ebook Review – “How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth”

A series of occasional reviews of eBooks that are
written by, or about fire-rescue-ems people.

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How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons
From the Toughest Teams on Earth

by Robyn Benincasa
Reviewed by Greg Friese

I met Firefighter/EMT and adventure racer Robyn Benincasa a day before the start of the Primal Quest adventure race several years ago. Her team was preparing to spend nearly a week running, hiking, paddling, cycling, and climbing through the tough deserts and canyons around Moab, Utah. We discussed the physical and mental challenges ahead for her and the team and how her training and work as a firefighter/EMT prepared her to succeed.

In How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth Benincasa describes how effective teams can set and attain goals in the face of crushing and seemingly insurmountable adversity.  The publisher's blurb states that Benincasa shows you how to climb to new levels of professional and personal success. She shares the eight essential elements of teamwork, learned through her extreme adventure racing, that create synergy with all the teammates in your life, from colleagues and customers to family members and friends

Each leadership principle is told with anecdotes from adventure racing, endurance sports competition, or the fire ground. Benincasa is a great story teller and richly describes the jungle treks or long distance paddles that she helped make famous as an Eco Challenge race. That same story telling ability continues when sharing patient care experiences as well as chronicling her own health challenges. As a paramedic and endurance athlete I would have liked more adventure racing stories and personal biography, but the focus on leadership is equally rewarding.

How Winning Works would be a great holiday gift for your favorite firefighter or anyone looking to hone their leadership skills by putting the team first.

………. Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P

Greg Friese writes the blog and hosts the Medical Author Chat podcast.

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How Winning Works …. is available in both hardcover and Kindle eBook versions.  You can read more about the book and order copies HERE .

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