After many years of not winning any races at all, Ben Hunt-Davis and the GB Men's Rowing Eight won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. They changed the way they worked, which changed the results they got.
Ben and executive coach, Harriet Beveridge, have teamed up to show you how to use similar strategies to improve your own life.Buy Now
They changed the way they worked, which changed the results they got. Ben and executive coach, Harriet Beveridge, have teamed up to show you how to use similar strategies to improve your own life.
Simple and chatty, Ben’s book is a warts-and-all authentic account of a journey to success that will show you how you can succeed in whatever you want to do. Ben and Harriet have been road-testing these methods for 10 years, with clients from all walks of life – managers, leaders, call centre staff, sales reps, athletes and shop assistants.
Will It Make the Boat Go Faster? is aimed at readers who are interested in personal development and managers wanting to achieve corporate goals. It’s a book that will appeal to sports enthusiasts, practitioners and coaches who will find the Olympic story compelling and learn plenty of techniques for improving their own game strategies. In fact, it will appeal to anyone who wants to pursue the things that matter. Whatever your challenges, whatever your goals, Will It Make the Boat Go Faster? is filled with ideas that will help everyone to do whatever they do, better.
I loved it. It’s a real page-turner – and how often has any management book been called a page turner?! Ben and Harriet have written an uplifting book that convinces you that anybody can improve without having to be an Olympian. It’s beautifully written: no jargon, just nice, simple, straightforward English and a lovely informal, self-deprecating style. It’s also very practical and sensible – the advice here can apply to anybody in any walk of life.
A fascinating story of the powerful passion of one man to get to the top of his sport and the winning strategies we can all learn from his experience, whether we are aspiring to be successful Olympians or simply better managers.
This is one of those very rare books that when you finish reading, you just know, without any shadow of doubt, that life will never be the same again.
A book that is well laid out, easy to read and packed with practical business advice based on the methods Ben’s team used to achieve their Olympic success. Having highlighted essential passages, I find it simple to dip into and apply on a regular basis. It is now customary for us to ask ourselves throughout the day, ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’ and adjust our actions accordingly. Since applying these principles our business has increased month on month.
I love the driving thought behind this book: If you are an Olympic rowing team, then if what you’re doing doesn’t make your boat go faster, then don’t do it and do something else that does. Now take that idea and apply liberally to your life and business.
I know first-hand the immense pressure of competing in an Olympic Games and the dedication it takes to get on the podium. This book conveys the drama, the heartache and the pride with spine-tingling detail – it will have you on the edge of your seat. The book is also packed full of useful advice, not just for sports people, but for anyone looking to up their game.
A truly fantastic book. Lots of inspiration from this book went into our World Championship win.
An excellent ‘do it yourself’ organising for success book. Essential for full time winners! Personal yet professional.
I challenge every business woman & man in the country not to take something away from this big contribution to business thinking.
A fascinating and inspiring book.
Every Games has its heroes, but behind every celebration on the podium lies thousands of hours of hard training, relentless mental focus, and choosing to get up each morning before the rest of the world in pursuit of that something extra which just might give you the winning margin in an Olympic final. Ben Hunt-Davis’s stories in “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” brilliantly illustrate the dedication required to become a gold medallist, and how the lessons might be applied more widely in our lives. It’s a fascinating and inspiring book.
Bold, ballsy and brilliant! Whatever your circumstances, this book will help you perform to your potential. I recommend this book to anyone who has a dream.
An inspiring journey, thoughtfully translated into practical, everyday lessons that can be applied in virtually any situation. The book makes the point again and again that ordinary people can achieve truly extraordinary things.
To get inside the mind of an Olympian is a privilege. To share the worries and anxieties, the camaraderie and the highs, is rare and this book gives us a ring side seat. But the real bonus is that it is all then made relevant to our lives, to our business space. I challenge every business woman and man in the country not to take something away from this big contribution to business thinking.
No business library would be complete without this book. I thoroughly recommend it.
Will it make the boat go faster? – it’s a simple question and goes to the heart of the matter – stay focused on what you’re really going for. This book by a supreme athlete – but also a real team player – can show you how. Ben is a naturally modest man but what he has to say has the authority that comes from supreme success. Listen up!
This book is an excellent repository of tools, techniques & approaches that are all about people being able to bring out the very, very best in themselves, irrespective of who they are or what they do – what makes it work for me is that these have been developed and put to real use in the context of Ben’s great achievement in Sydney, where he and his fellow Olympians did indeed bring out the very, very best in themselves. I have seen Ben speak many times, he brings these things to life in a very personal & compelling fashion.