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It Takes a Tribe: Building the Tough Mudder Movement

Will Dean



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Portfolio Penguin
12 September 2017
Entrepreneurship; Sporting events, tours & organisations; Extreme sports
Tough Mudder is not a race. It's a challenge.

Unlike other endurance events, Tough Mudder encourages team spirit. The course's design forces you to seek help from others and with twenty obstacles, forty tons of ice and five hundred thousand litres of Grade-A mud set over ten to twelve miles, you're going to need it.

This revival of community is the key to the company's success. In It Takes a Tribe, founder and CEO Will Dean explores the mental, physical and social principles behind the experience and reveals how he built a global tribe. Arguing for clear principles, bravery and persistence, Dean shows a new generation of entrepreneurs why it's important to create a brand that people identify with and love.

It Takes a Tribe is the astonishing inside story of Tough Mudder, and a textbook for anyone looking to start a business or find more followers.
By:   Will Dean
Imprint:   Portfolio Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   487g
ISBN:   9780241292600
ISBN 10:   0241292603
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   12 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Will Dean is founder and CEO of Tough Mudder. Will was included in Fortune's '40 Under 40' list and received the US National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Emerging Award. He was born in the UK and is a graduate of the University of Bristol and Harvard Business School. Prior to founding Tough Mudder, he worked as a counter-terrorism officer at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He divides his time between London and New York.

Reviews for It Takes a Tribe: Building the Tough Mudder Movement

At its core, It Takes A Tribe is a book about us. It goes beyond our ability to overcome obstacles and delves into how shared adversity is actually a powerful force in building deep, lasting bonds with others -- SIMON SINEK, optimist and author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last Like any great startup story, Tough Mudder's story is full of twists and turns. But It Takes a Tribe is also a thoughtful argument about what really drives business -- RICHARD REED, co-founder of Innocent Drinks Convincing people to spend hours running through the mud is no easy task. Building a business where millions of people pay money to do this would be ridiculous. But Will Dean has done it, and this gripping book reveals what it takes to stand by your values and create an organization that stands for those values -- ADAM GRANT, bestselling author of 'Originals' and co-author of 'Option B' Will Dean has created one of the most original and inventive brands in the world, and his story will be valuable for anyone looking to change the rules of business -- BRETT YORMARK, CEO, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Will's story - and his races - are proof that the obstacle is always the way -- RYAN HOLIDAY, author of 'The Obstacle is the Way' Will Dean is one of the most important leaders of his generation - boldly pushing back on our digitally obsessed culture to get us out of our comfort zones, into the mud, working as a team and discovering all sorts of potential along the way. It Takes a Tribe is loaded with brilliant stories, lessons and inspiration that will make you want to jump off your couch and go make an impact! -- SARAH ROBB O'HAGAN, founder of Extreme You The power of internal motivation, great leadership, and team building. Will Dean demonstrates all this and more in It Takes a Tribe -- BRANDON WEBB, former Navy SEAL, author of The Red Circle and Total Focus, and CEO of Hurricane Group This book shows that an entrepreneur with imagination and nerve can make a real difference by creating life-changing opportunities for thousands of people across the world -- GENERAL (RETD.) SIR NICK PARKER

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