Cracking the Code by Paul Azinger and Dr. Ron Braun

Liz Masen
CEO of Athlete Assessments

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The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make it Work for You

Click here to buy Cracking the Code by Paul Azinger and Dr. Ron Braun now.


Why we recommend it:  This is our top recommendation for the year. An excellent book about the transformation of a disjointed group of individuals into a high performing team who ultimately achieve success – who doesn’t love a book about that? What is most interesting are the insights into the use of DISC to enable the coach to better manage, communicate with and lead the individual team members. It also highlights why and how they grouped similar DISC profile players into pods within the team. This enabled players who have a similar playing style, to be themselves and not have to make significant adaptations when on the golf course. Subsequently players enjoyed feelings of alignment to their smaller pod teams and they played exceptionally well within this framework. We highly recommend this book to help coaches appreciate the power and importance of knowing your players to the highest degree.

Book Overview:  The U.S. Ryder Cup team ended nearly a decade of European dominance in 2008 by laying aside their individual pursuits for a single week and bonding like brothers on golf’s greatest stage.  Inspired by team-building techniques used by Navy SEALs, Ryder Cup captain and ABC commentator Paul Azinger divided the 12-man team into small groups, or pods. Then, with guidance from corporate team-building specialist and licensed family therapist Ron Braund, he placed golfers based on their personality types, rather than their golf games. The relationships among teammates created an atmosphere where Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, and the other U.S. golfers could perform at their highest levels.  This book tells the compelling story of how the U.S. team members, half of them Ryder Cup rookies, overcame their underdog status to bring the cup back to America. In the telling, they offer team-building techniques that apply to sports, business, and beyond.

Click here to buy Cracking the Code by Paul Azinger and Dr. Ron Braun now.

Watch a short video of Bo Hanson discussing this book: “Application of “Cracking the Code” Lessons”.

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Bo Hanson

Senior Consultant & Director

Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

BoRowing-Atlanta Olympics

Now, watch us interrupt him for a round of quick fire questions.