Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

by Bo Schembechler, John U. Bacon


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Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schembechler, John U. Bacon

During his record-setting tenure as coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Bo won thirteen Big Ten titles and finished as the winningest football coach in the school's storied history. But if you asked him, his most important achievement was having a remarkably positive impact on the hundreds of athletes he coached. In these pages, you'll hear Bo's distinctive voice as he shares the principles he applied on the football field and in the locker room to create a football dynasty, and he'll tell you how you can apply his insights to any leadership role. His words will educate, motivate, and inspire-just as the man himself did every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446582001
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 347,300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.
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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?"


"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!


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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

What People are Saying About This

Keith Jackson

"Bo's persona fairly crackles on the pages of Bacon's book. Good stuff from a good man who also happened to be a pretty darn good football coach. A classic."--(Keith Jackson, Hall of Fame Broadcaster, ABC Sports)

Laurence J. Kirshbaum

"Forget about the Gipper. There has never been a more inspiring coach than Bo Schembechler and this brilliant book shows why he was such a brilliant leader. Read his fundamentals and you will run for touchdowns every day of your life!"--(Laurence J. Kirshbaum, former CEO Time-Warner Book Group and ardent Michigan alum '66 LSA)

David Maraniss

"In an era of corporate coaches who might as well be accountants, Bo's throaty growl and gruff but loving style are sorely missed. There is nothing superficial about Bo's basic philosophy of life and leadership - and his lessons are truly timeless."--(David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi)

Dan Dierdorf

"Bacon had the great fortune to sit down with Bo and hear story after story, lesson after lesson. Read this book and you'll feel like you were there. Outstanding!"--(Dan Dierdorf, College and NFL Hall of Famer, NFL on CBS Analyst)

Mike Wallace

"Absolutely wonderful. I hear my old friend in these pages, and his advice is just as direct as he was. Read it - and pay attention!"--(Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes)

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