State Senator Chip Rogers, Georgia
From Ballpark to Boardroom Lessons for a CEO from a Little Leauge Coachby John Abraham
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Through an honest, personal portrayal, Dr. Abraham reminds us of the most important lessons we learned in childhood, and proceeded to forget in adulthood. In an enjoyable account filled with both poignancy and humor, he relates practical experiences coaching little league and expounds on the importance of humility, compassion, being considerate and living right. His pragmatic, common sense advice, equally relevant to kids playing baseball and CEOs in the game of life, makes him the Coach we all wish we had.
State Senator Chip Rogers, Georgia
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Meet the Author
John Abraham is a story teller. He has been called a maverick and speaks from his collected experiences as a boy growing up in an ethnic neighborhood, an academician, a governmental official, a local elected official, and as a parent. The common story theme focuses on his youth baseball coaching career experiences with an application to solving problems in the big kid world. For fifteen years he coached his sons’ little league teams. The lessons learned from observing the little kids playing a game enabled him to successfully interact with the big kids that he supervised at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the author of a book “From Ballpark to Boardroom: Lessons for CEOs from a Little League Coach.” Via his speaking engagements, John melds his two worlds in an insightful look at the common problems many executives face. His talks include humorous, inspiring, thought provoking and no-nonsense methods of developing and retaining talent and breaking down the corporate bridges to nowhere. John has personally gone from the ballpark, to the boardroom, to becoming one the most sought after speakers and corporate consultants on eliminating roadblocks to performance.
Dr. John E. Abraham retired from the United States Public Service in 2004. He earned his PhD in environmental health from the University of Iowa. In addition, John has a BA from the University of Hartford, a MPH from Tulane University. He holds, or has held, adjunct faculty appointments at Tulane, Georgia Tech, Emory, and the University of Texas San Antonio Medical School, Harlingen Campus.
Currently Dr. Abraham is Chairman of the Cobb County School Board, which has oversight over 107,000 students, 14,000 employees, and a billion dollar budget.
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As a non-athlete I didn't know if I would enjoy it, but I loved it. Being a career woman, I could relate to the "Boardroom" aspect and being a mom, I found the "Ballpark" stories charming and familiar. It's amazing but us "grown-ups" never really do grow up do we? There are so many similarities to be found between coaching children and managing executives and Abraham seems to have nailed many of them. Worth the read.
At first blush it would seem that there are few lessons transferable from sitting on the boards at a Little League game to sitting on a board in Corporate America. Having experienced Dr. Abraham's book, I realize nothing could be farther from the truth!
Laughed, cried, and relived my time with two sons and little league baseball. Especially liked the lessons at the end of each chapter; am going to write to 4 people who were instrumental in my professional life to express appreciation.
I've worked for a large corporation for years and also coached youth ball as both of my daughters were growing up in the same county where Dr. Abraham resides. Now, I run and own my own company. I can certainly relate to the experiences that are shared in this book. As a parent, husband, coach, corporate employee and now an owner, many of these lessons learned while coaching young children have carried over in to all aspects of my adult life. A great read. Hope you enjoy it. I did.
The author is obviously an experienced leader who is just as comfortable in leading kids as he is with adults and with the same success. Abraham demonstrates that the same leadership skills are found in both arenas, and he illustrates this with superb story-telling. You will laugh and cry as he walks you through real life examples of how he handled unforeseen problems, how he dealt with disparate personalities, and how he put the lessons learned from his young charges into action as a captain with the U.S. Public Health Service. Abraham distills what he has learned over a lifetime into a very easy, but very memorable book.
I gained great insights from this book. Dr. Abraham's real world experiences make this book practical with actionable advice. Not your typical PhD author. The end of Chapter action items provide useful tips on how to implement the concepts. Nice work!!!
Dr. Abraham offers real world examples of motivating, teaching and learning from, kids of all ages. Little league softball is a training ground for lessons of working with people, whether as a coach, player or parent. The book is filled with poignant moments and leaders in business, civic, educstional as well as athletic, circles would be wise to get back to basics and look at social interactios with the re-freshed eyes insights Dr. Abraham shares. The Action items at the end of each chapter provide useful instruction and reminders for reader next steps. Thank you, Dr. Abraham, for a most enjoyable and genuinely beneficial read.