Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership [NOOK Book]

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There are very few coaches held higher esteem than Bo Schembechler. As coach of the University of Michigan football team, he won 13 Big Ten titles and finished as the winningest coach in their storied history. But beyond the wins and losses, Bo is best remembered for the remarkable impact he had on his players and fans alike.

In BO'S LASTING LESSONS, the coach draws on his ...
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Overview

There are very few coaches held higher esteem than Bo Schembechler. As coach of the University of Michigan football team, he won 13 Big Ten titles and finished as the winningest coach in their storied history. But beyond the wins and losses, Bo is best remembered for the remarkable impact he had on his players and fans alike.

In BO'S LASTING LESSONS, the coach draws on his years of experience, using first-person anecdotes to deliver timeless lessons on leadership, motivation and responsibility. His distinctive gruff voice leaps from the page.

With pithy language, Bo explains that true leadership requires the compassion to actively listen to your people, and then to have the courage to do what is right every time.

A big believer in peer pressure and in always making his players accountable for their actions, Schembechler has coached athletes who went on to become professional football players, doctors, lawyers and CEOs.
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If you don't know Bo Schembechler, you don't know football. The legendary University of Michigan mentor, who died in 2006, was the winningest coach in the history of the nation's winningest college football team. Bo's Lasting Lessons is his last book and the fitting inspirational sequel to his bestselling memoir, Bo. Lessons of leadership from a proven winner.
Yonette Joseph
…a rip-roaring manual on leadership…[Schembechler] fairly leaps off the page, offering funny anecdotes amid rules such as "Listen Before You Lead," "Turn Mistakes Into Momentum" and "Stay Focused Under Fire."
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

With a style so conversational that readers will almost be able to hear the voice of the late, great Michigan Wolverines football coach, Schembechler (1929-2006), it seems as if coauthor and sportswriter Bacon did little more than push the "record" button and let Schembechler dictate this exceedingly unconventional business title. The coach-who earned the respect of practically every player, coach and fan during his 30 years as Michigan's head coach-lets loose his boisterous personality in italicized and capitalized words, exclamation points and rhetorical questions that punctuate otherwise simple statements and observations. Completed just days before the coach was brought down by heart disease, this volume spells out the leadership principles by which he lived en route to 13 Big 10 titles and 10 Rose Bowl appearances. The book contains no complicated formulas or M.B.A. treatises, but rather commonsense approaches to everything from setting goals and motivating mid-level employees to emphasizing execution and maintaining focus under fire. Along the way, Schembechler shares details from both his professional and personal lives, in which he's always prepared for anything. Schembechler's lessons are practical, well-illustrated and based on a solid legacy of determination and hard work. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446402545
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 246,074
  • File size: 560 KB

Meet the Author

BO SCHEMBECHLER was the winningest coach in the history of the nation's winningest college football team. As coach of Michigan, he had a record of 234-65-8, the fifth best tally of all college football coaches in history. He was in demand across the country for his speeches on team work, motivation, and inspiration, and was the bestselling author of BO.

JOHN U. BACON is a top sports journalist based in Michigan and a long-time associate of Bo Schembechler.

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Bo's Lasting Lessons
By Bo Schembechler John U. Bacon Business Plus Copyright © 2007 Estate of Glenn E. Schembechler, Jr.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-446-58199-8


Chapter One You Better Start with Your Heart

Let's start with first things first: passion. Because without that, nothing else I'm going to tell you in this book is going to be worth a damn. It just won't do you any good.

Because the fact is, you're never going to be able to lead others effectively unless you put your whole heart into what you're doing. If it's just a job to you, it's going to be just a job to them. And trust me: You're not going to fool them.

So you need to find something you really love to do, because otherwise you're going to hate it. And if you hate your work, you'll never put in the kind of effort the guys at the top are putting into it. You'll lose!

Once you figure out what you love to do, don't worry about the money or the prestige or anything else. Those things won't make you happy if you hate your job.

For me, it was easy to figure out what I loved-football! The game got me at an early age, so when people talk about all the sacrifices I'm supposed to have made pursuing this crazy life-in time, in money, in status-I have to laugh. They weren't sacrifices to me. I got to coach! And that's all I ever wanted to do.

I'm from Barberton, Ohio, and went to Oakdale grade school, where we had baseball, basketball and track teams, but no football. So you could only play football if you were willing to get to the high school and practice with the freshman team-and it wasn't easy. You had to go down the hill, across the tracks, over the canal and walk five miles to get to Barberton High on the north end of town. And if you were going to get there on time, you had to run.

Nobody else in my class would go with me, but as soon as the school bell rang each day, I started running down that hill and across town for freshman football practice, and I kept it up for two years. When I was in eighth grade, near the end of the football season, the Oakdale basketball coach wanted me to quit freshman football because I was a starter on his team, too. I said, "No way. I've got to play in the last football game!" So that's what I did.

They drove us over to Akron in this dump truck with two benches in the back for the players to sit on. A dump truck! It took us an hour to get there and an hour to get back, with the wind and the rain and the cold coming in, whipping all around. This was no school bus-heck no. That would have felt like a Cadillac to us!

We get there, and no one's in the stands. No one. I mean, the Akron parents weren't even showing up for this one. Guess they were smarter than we were.

You consider the whole thing-the daily run to practice, the distance to our games, the dump truck, the empty stands-and you'd have to say we were a little crazy to do this. But I loved it. I knew I'd rather be in the back of that damn dump truck going to play some football game in the freezing cold in front of nobody than standing in a nice warm gym wearing shorts playing in front of a big crowd.

Football is what I loved.

By the time I got to tenth grade, I'd already played freshman football for three years. There was no question I was going to be a starter on the high school varsity. But the question was where our coach, Karl Harter, was going to put me. Our two big plays were the reverse and the reverse pass. You've got to have righties to run those plays, and fast ones, too.

Well, I was a lefty, so there's one strike. And we had guys who could run a lot faster than I could. There's two strikes. So I went to Coach Harter and said, "Where do you need the most help?"

"Guard."

"Then put me at guard!" Hell, I didn't care. I just wanted to play. And I started the next three years.

If you want to know why I've always loved the big lugs on the line the most-well, you can thank Coach Harter for that.

Even then, I knew-and I don't know how to put this without sounding like a jerk-but I knew I had a way with people, and the reason I had a way with people is because I liked 'em. And the reason I chose to coach football instead of baseball or basketball is because, of all the athletes out there, the football players were the ones I liked and respected the most. And I think that showed in the way I coached them.

When I graduated from Miami of Ohio, I knew I was going to be a coach. I was as sure of that as anything I knew-and nothing was going to stop me! To be honest, I always thought I'd be a high school coach-and that was fine with me. I didn't care about money or fame or any of that. I just wanted to coach.

And let me tell you, now that I'm looking back on the whole thing: I made the right call!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Bo's Lasting Lessons by Bo Schembechler John U. Bacon Copyright © 2007 by Estate of Glenn E. Schembechler, Jr.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Introduction     xv
Prepare to Lead     1
You Better Start with Your Heart     3
Seek Mentors, Not Money     7
Wait for the Right Opportunity     18
Take Charge     25
Throw a Bucket of Cold Water     27
Respect Your History     50
Do the Right Thing-Always     57
Lay Down Your Laws     65
Set Goals That Get Results     80
Build Your Team     87
Hire People Who Want to Work for You     89
Get the Most Out of Your Staff     98
Recruit for Character     108
Develop Leaders Underneath You     115
Scuttle the Star System     122
Motivate the Middle Men     128
Give 'Em a Chance     138
Give Everyone a Role, and Make It Important     151
If You Must Fire, Fire Fast     161
Promote the Will to Prepare     165
Fix People Problems Fast     177
Listen Before You Lead     179
Know Your People     189
Don't Sleep on It, and Don't Hold Grudges     193
Meet the Moment of Truth     205
Break 'Em Down and Build 'EmUp     207
Emphasize Execution, Not Innovation     217
Scrap Your Script     224
Make Adjustments on Facts, Not Pride     229
Turn Mistakes into Momentum     235
Stay Focused Under Fire     241
Face the Facts and Ignore the Rest     249
Rebuild with the Basics     251
Ignore Your Critics     263
Overtime     269
Loyalty Counts     271
Know When to Leave, and How     285
If I Could Have One More Week     294
Epilogue     297
Reflections     301
Acknowledgments     315
Index     319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Very old school with lots of good lessons

    Bo tells his story through numerous anecdotes which will be amusing to anyone who remembers that era of college football. The lessons are real though and important and the stories each impart wisdom and a good life lesson. It would be interesting for any football fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Great leader great ideas

    I learned a ton about a good decent man and hiw he stayed true to his ideals. It also opened my eyes to how ineffective many of the managers and leaders are out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    very good book

    i grew up a michigan fan. while i always respected Bo, i never really knew much about him personally. while he probably understates his shortcomings a bit in this book, it is still an excellent book for any Wolverine fan to read! it brings back so many memories of a great period of Michigan football history, while telling his vision of what it takes to be a leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    A Must Read For Anyone!!!

    This book is great & is for people who love sports and those who don't. It is a book for everyone!!!

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