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Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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About the Author
Wayne Coffey, an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Daily News, is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including The Closer (with Mariano Rivera) and Wherever I Wind Up (with R. A. Dickey).
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I've lost track of the number of Ohio State football-related books on his shelves - a million, give or take! - so I thought maybe, just maybe he'd want to dive into one of the other half dozen sports bios I'd had under the tree for him this year first. HA! This book - focused on last year's championship season (and all of the great memories it holds for my husband) headed to bed with us Christmas night (I'm thinking about instituting a "no reading past 11pm" rule), and each night since I've been "treated" to a summary of the latest insights, situations, etc. from yet another OSU book he's devouring like it was a steak dinner in front of a man who hadn't eaten for a month.Read more ›
Many college football coaches operate the same way. But in addition to just psychological abuse, they also have the ability inflict physical punishment on the players from whom they are attempting to get certain behaviors. Unfortunately, as long as these coaches continue to win and win big, their methods are not only just tolerated but actually condoned.
So it is refreshing to read a book written, not by a Neanderthal football coach, but an actual thinking-man's coach.
In "Above the Line," Urban Meyer discusses such true leadership concepts as, well, "above the line," avoiding BCD behavior, and E+R=O. These concepts apply to family units and corporate teams as they do to as football teams.
It is a truly unique coach who can actually take more pride in the personal development of a player like Cardale Jones, as a result of these principles that the coach teaches, rather than in just that's player's performance on the field (which can have a more timely and immediate impact on ensuring a particular coach's employment or year-end bonus).
You don't need to be an Ohio State fan, an Urban Meyer fan, or even a college football fan to both enjoy and personally benefit from this book.
"Above the Line" is truly a refreshing and inspirational read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read dozens of books on leadership and motivation. This is one of if not the best. I recommend it for anyone in or aspiring to a leadership role.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Urban Meyer lends his "spin" on a championship season filled with many setbacks for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The book outlines a compilation of leadership and coaching principles.Published 19 days ago by Jack Westenbarger
Really enjoyed reading inside OSU lines. Appreciate the brokenness conveyed by Coach Meyer in the book when a Coach based on performance. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing. Even if you aren't a Ohio State fan, heck, even if you aren't a football fan - this book can do something for you. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer