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Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America's Worst High School Hockey Team

Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America's Worst High School Hockey Team

by John U. Bacon
Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America's Worst High School Hockey Team

Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America's Worst High School Hockey Team

by John U. Bacon

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Overview

An uplifting leadership book about a coach who helped transform the nation’s worst high school hockey team into one of the best. Bacon’s strategy is straightforward: set high expectations, make them accountable to each other, and inspire them all to lead their team.
 
When John U. Bacon played for the Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats, he never scored a goal. Yet somehow, years later he found himself leading his alma mater’s downtrodden program. How bad? The team hadn’t won a game in over a year, making them the nation’s worst squad—a fact they celebrated. With almost everyone expecting more failure, Bacon made it special to play for Huron by making it hard, which inspired the players to excel. Then he defied conventional wisdom again by putting the players in charge of team discipline, goal-setting, and even decision-making – and it worked. In just three seasons the River Rats bypassed 95-percent of the nation’s teams.
 
A true story filled with unforgettable characters, stories, and lessons that apply to organizations everywhere, Let Them Lead includes the leader’s mistakes and the reactions of the players, who have since achieved great success as leaders themselves. Let Them Lead is a fast-paced, feel-good book that leaders of all kinds can embrace to motivate their teams to work harder, work together, and take responsibility for their own success.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358533269
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 84,412
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John U. Bacon has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and NPR, among others. He has authored seven national bestsellers on sports, business, health, and history. A popular corporate speaker, executive coach, and leadership consultant, Bacon lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son. 

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

Introduction xiii

First Year Changing the Culture

1 When You're on the Floor, You Can't Fall out of Bed 3

2 Be Patient with Results, Not Behavior 19

3 Learning How to Count 33

4 Make Sure You're the Dumbest Guy in the Room 59

5 Reduce Your Rules, but Make Them Stick 71

Second Year Building Trust

6 Let Them Surprise You 99

7 You Can't Motivate People You Don't Know 117

8 I Work Hard for You, You Work Hard for Me 129

9 Listen to Their Problems Now- or You'll Get More Later 147

Third Year Giving Control

10 Make Peer Pressure Work for You 167

11 The More Power You Give, the More Power You Get 183

12 All Credit Goes to Your People-Not You 203

Epilogue: Coach Lapper 219

Afterword 223

Acknowledgments 225

Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats Ice Hockey Team: Players and Coaches, 2000-2004 229

Index 231

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