Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics

Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics

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Overview

With its use of football stories, Gridiron Leadership provides a fresh, new approach to capturing and understanding the concepts and practice of leadership, strategy, and execution.

Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics uses real moments from the worlds of professional and college football, as well as a wide range of evocative football metaphors, to dissect the craft of leadership and communicate essential management lessons. With so many leadership and strategy books sending the same messages in the same ways, this fresh approach is truly groundbreaking, using a familiar frame of reference to capture and understand the concepts and practice of leadership, strategy, and execution.

The language of sports is already common vernacular among today's successful leaders. Gridiron Leadership uses the accessible, recognizable terminology of sports in a thoughtful, systematic way, making the connection between the culture of football and the kinds of organizational and leadership situations encountered everyday. It covers the full range of modern organizational issues, including human resources, crisis leadership, ethical leadership, strategic decision making, and organizational change. With topics covering everything from building a winning team to analyzing the needs of stakeholders, this is the playbook today's leaders have been waiting for.


• Includes a foreword by Pittsburgh Steelers president and co-owner, Art Rooney II

• Presents four diagrams and illustrations that summarize leadership models

• Offers a bibliography of approximately 100 scholarly and other citations that support the authors' view of leadership and performance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313378171
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Evan Offstein is a former military intelligence officer.

Jason M. Morwick is a former Army officer and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Scott W. Griffith, a highly accomplished leader in the field of law enforcement with over 27 years of experience, developed the leadership course entitled "Gridiron Leadership" that used the analogy of sports to teach junior law enforcement leaders the basics of leadership.

What People are Saying About This

Kenneth O. PrestonSergeant Major of the Army

"Great book! Gridiron Leadership is a creative blend of football, military and corporate historical vignettes that provide visual examples of leadership, applicable to any organization focused on excellence. Experienced or inexperienced, senior or junior, this book contains many fresh ideas to teach and demonstrate to leaders how to think versus what to think. Evan, Jason and Scott walk you through what it takes to build a winning organization, from the individuals assigned, to selecting your leaders and high performers, to creating the synergy in the team needed to achieve greatness. The beauty of this book is the applicability of the lessons learned to any sport, military organization, business unit, corporation or civic group."

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

"Gridiron Leadership is a great book! A thoroughly enjoyable read (filled with self-deprecating pigskin humor), using a fun topic (football!), to teach: 'Deep lessons. Strong lessons. Lasting lessons. . .' about the deadly serious world of leadership. Read this book. You can't help but learn!'

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Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, USA (ret.) Author, On Combat and On Killing Director, Killology Research Group www.killology.com

Kenneth O. Preston Sergeant Major of the Army

"Great book! Gridiron Leadership is a creative blend of football, military and corporate historical vignettes that provide visual examples of leadership, applicable to any organization focused on excellence. Experienced or inexperienced, senior or junior, this book contains many fresh ideas to teach and demonstrate to leaders how to think versus what to think. Evan, Jason and Scott walk you through what it takes to build a winning organization, from the individuals assigned, to selecting your leaders and high performers, to creating the synergy in the team needed to achieve greatness. The beauty of this book is the applicability of the lessons learned to any sport, military organization, business unit, corporation or civic group."

William E. "Brit" Kirwan Chancellor

"In their book Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics , authors Evan Offstein, Jason Morwick, and Scott Griffith explore the extent to which attributes that lead to success in sports—motivation, team work, discipline, preparation, adaptability, goal setting—are common to leaders in all fields. As a former high school and college football player, I find their ideas are not only insightful, but also directly applicable to all walks of life.' "
William E. "Brit" Kirwan Chancellor, University System of Maryland Co-Chair of Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics ,

General Raymond T. OdiernoCommanding General

"Success on the 'fields of friendly' strife requires the ability to think and execute under physical and mental stress, and playing sports forges important leadership qualities, beginning with selflessness, discipline, adaptability, teamwork, and perseverance. Gridiron Leadership takes the lessons learned between the lines and shows how we can apply them as leaders in other areas of life, from the military to government and the private sector. Written in an engaging style that makes it hard to put down, Gridiron Leadership is a 'must read' for football fans and aspiring leaders everywhere."

General Raymond T. Odierno Commanding General

"Success on the 'fields of friendly' strife requires the ability to think and execute under physical and mental stress, and playing sports forges important leadership qualities, beginning with selflessness, discipline, adaptability, teamwork, and perseverance. Gridiron Leadership takes the lessons learned between the lines and shows how we can apply them as leaders in other areas of life, from the military to government and the private sector. Written in an engaging style that makes it hard to put down, Gridiron Leadership is a 'must read' for football fans and aspiring leaders everywhere."

General Raymond T. Odierno Commanding General, Multi-National Force—Iraq

Kevin Shuba Group President

"One key theme that Gridiron Leadership absolutely nails is the clear delineation between true leadership and management. Most recent leadership books interchange the two, and thus miss the mark. The chapter on 'Franchise Players' is fantastic as it highlights the importance of team, stretch goals, commitment, and never shirking responsibility."
Kevin Shuba Group President, CHEP Americas USMA Class of 1981

William E. "Brit" Kirwan

"In their book Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics, authors Evan Offstein, Jason Morwick, and Scott Griffith explore the extent to which attributes that lead to success in sports—motivation, team work, discipline, preparation, adaptability, goal setting—are common to leaders in all fields. As a former high school and college football player, I find their ideas are not only insightful, but also directly applicable to all walks of life."

Kevin ShubaGroup President

"One key theme that Gridiron Leadership absolutely nails is the clear delineation between true leadership and management. Most recent leadership books interchange the two, and thus miss the mark. The chapter on 'Franchise Players' is fantastic as it highlights the importance of team, stretch goals, commitment, and never shirking responsibility."

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