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Overview

Forty hard-hitting lessons in the "blocking and tackling" fundamentals of management are set against a backdrop of personalities and events from forty years of Pittsburgh Steelers history in this unique and enjoyable business book. Each of the forty chapters contains a memorable story about a player, coach, game, or some other aspect of a Steelers season between 1969 and 2008 as the basis for an analogous management lesson that will resonate with readers from first-level supervisors up to the executive suite.

Beginning with the dark days of the Steelers' 1-13 season in 1969 and the accompanying business lesson of "Don't Panic, Because Sometimes it Really is Darkest Before the Dawn," and concluding with the Steelers' march in 2008 to their sixth Super Bowl title even as a possible change in team ownership is in the wind ("Don't Let 'Off the Field' Distractions Interfere with Your Business Mission), readers will find a wealth of business and management lessons covering:

Strategic and tactical planning
Resolving problems and getting through difficult situations
Job assignments and career broadening
Recruiting, hiring, and firing
Evaluating and rewarding employee performance
Dealing with dissension in the ranks
Measuring and managing your organizational KPIs
Sales management best practices
Project management

The Pittsburgh Business Times "New and Noteworthy Business Book" selection (September 18, 2009) says that Blocking and Tackling Your Way to Management Success "has enough business sense - along with a wealth of interesting Steelers' information - to make this a successful touchdown attempt." USA Today featured the book(September 3, 2009) and noted how Alan Simon wove great stories from Pittsburgh Steelers history into the book's business lessons with "drafting Franco Harris over Lydell Mitchell in 1972 (becoming) a lesson on how companies should interpret data" and "the arrival of Bill Cowher (becoming) illustrative of 'strategic rejuvenation.'"

(This book and the author are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, The National Football League, or any player, coach, or team official mentioned herein. No representations are made by Precision Business Intelligence, LLC, the author, or any other party to the contrary.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780578020693
  • Publisher: Precision Business Intelligence, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Management Lessons that Score a Touchdown in Readability

    This book is a fun and easy read, but it does cover management concepts well. This book marries modern management concepts with 40 years of Pittsburgh Steeler lore to give an overview of business concepts. While it was the attraction of my favorite NFL team coming right after the Steeler's 6th Superbowl victory that lead me to pick this book up, one does not need to be a member of Steeler Nation to appreciate this book's 40 short Business Intelligence lessons. Each "lesson" is a short chapter that takes one year of Steeler history from 1968 to the Superbowl victory in 2009 and uses what was historically challenging the Steelers and talks about how the Steelers dealt with this challenge with a relevant business concept and strategy. Alan R. Simon has a lot of business experience and is able to relate the business concepts to real life experiences as well as the Pittsburgh sport analogies.
    The chapters are short, about 8 - 10 pages each, so their isn't going to be an in depth case study on each concept, but the good news is the chapters are short and very readable in a layman's language. Its not War and Peace, and you get the idea easily.
    Its a book you don't mind reading, and you want to read the next chapter as soon as you finish the prior one.
    This book was a fun read and I am glad I picked it up.

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