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Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership Hardcover – September 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; First Edition edition (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581998
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With a style so conversational that readers will almost be able to hear the voice of the late, great Michigan Wolverines football coach, Schembechler (1929-2006), it seems as if coauthor and sportswriter Bacon did little more than push the record button and let Schembechler dictate this exceedingly unconventional business title. The coach—who earned the respect of practically every player, coach and fan during his 30 years as Michigan's head coach—lets loose his boisterous personality in italicized and capitalized words, exclamation points and rhetorical questions that punctuate otherwise simple statements and observations. Completed just days before the coach was brought down by heart disease, this volume spells out the leadership principles by which he lived en route to 13 Big 10 titles and 10 Rose Bowl appearances. The book contains no complicated formulas or M.B.A. treatises, but rather commonsense approaches to everything from setting goals and motivating mid-level employees to emphasizing execution and maintaining focus under fire. Along the way, Schembechler shares details from both his professional and personal lives, in which he's always prepared for anything. Schembechler's lessons are practical, well-illustrated and based on a solid legacy of determination and hard work. (Sept.)
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Review

"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

"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

"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

"Having spent many days with Bo, I can tell you few men inspired others to be their best the way he did. A player once made the same mistake over and over in practice, he admitted, just to hear Bo yell at him. His athletes said they'd follow him to the ends of the earth, but beyond this world, even with his passing, Bo's words still inspire those who remember him. His voice was that strong. This book is a fine connection to that voice, which embodied, every day, true leadership." -- MITCH ALBOM, author and columnist

"If you knew Bo personally, this book is a chance to spend one more unforgettable day with him. If you didn't, you'll see some sides of him you might have missed from a distance: his humor, his compassion, even - dare I say it - his sensitivity. Make no mistake, though: Bo's leadership lessons are no-nonsense, straightforward - and incredibly effective." -- John Robinson, former Head Coach, USC Trojans and LA Rams

"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

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As a whole "Bo's Lasting Lessons" is a great read for college football fans, coaches, and any fan of Michigan football.
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You will get principles that you can apply to your life and business that are guaranteed to work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joel D. Dalton on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I read this book in one day during a long car ride from Ann Arbor to Virginia. I'll admit that I am a Michigan alum from Bo's final coaching years. Since I read Blue Ice (which I also highly recommend), I expected a thorough and historically rich book from Mr. Bacon. This book is different - it is all Bo. I was pleasantly surprised at how Bo's personality came through SO RICHLY in this book. Somewhere in the first quarter, I remember realizing that the narrator in my head had become Bo.

I'll also admit here that I shed a few tears while sitting in a nearly empty Cracker Barrel somewhere in Maryland at 9:30pm waiting for our late dinner and finishing the last few chapters. There's no way any person, U of M person or no, could read this book and not know and appreciate what Bo and his programs were all about - so much more than just football. I found out he was more of a hero than I knew, but also human.

The classic Bo stories are all here (plus plenty of new ones), of course, - but this book gets you into the head of Bo like no other. The man was a throw-back to more principled times - leadership, honesty, respect, attention to detail, preparation, long-term vision, personal sacrifice for others. THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM. His personal, quiet generosity was unbelievable.

Standards and words to live by for anyone, sports fan or no. The tributes from friends at the end of the book just confirm the impact he had on so many. Reading it, I could easily imagine sitting in the room with Bo and Mr. Bacon during their collaboration; the gravelly voice, the chuckle, the occasional ribbing or profane reaction. One of those books that I didn't want to end.

This will be required reading for my young kids someday. Mr. Bacon has done a great job - I'm sure that Bo would have loved the final version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corsoe on November 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book that captures the essence of what made Bo the ultimate Michigan man---clear goals, hard work, common sense, grace under pressure. John U Bacon has distilled Bo's lessons and turned them into more than the legacy of a great coach. These tried and tested principles can be applied to improve performance in so many areas: from developing great high school athletes to getting the most out of high-level business executives. Hey, you might learn a few lessons you can apply in your every-day life, like I did, reading this great book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Mccornack on November 12, 2007
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The fundamental principle that Bo Schembechler espouses is that you cannot lead if you do not care about your people or your product. Bo was more passionate about his people than his product...and he was incredibly passionate about both! This remarkable book is a testament to a truly remarkable man, and the results he got both on and off the field. This inspiring story of the poor kid from Barberton Ohio who through sheer grit and determination rises to the top of his profession, yet never loses sight of what really counts in life, is one that anyone can appreciate. His lasting legacy is the countless lives he has touched.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. McKinney on October 17, 2007
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I barely knew Bo 20 years ago and this sounds more like him than anything that I've read. It was almost like he was reading it to you. I have an MBA and have worked in strategy consulting and most of Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadershiphis lessons in leadership can be applied to business (and life).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Kolins on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After Bo died, I thought I missed my chance to meet the man. Then, I read the book. I met Bo last week. He spoke to me about things I would never have thought to ask about. I laughed out loud. Then, I cried. It was a religious experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol D on October 1, 2007
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There are not enough superlatives to describe this book. You feel the soul of Bo coming out of the pages. Whenever you are feeling lost or uninspired, go back to this book and reread it. It will get you back on your feet and ready to "tackle" the world again. I could not put down the book because it was so captiviting. This will be a book that I will read over and over because you can never get enough of his inspiration and stories. John captured the essence of Bo in these pages. Thank you so very much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell C. Ferguson on September 6, 2007
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What a wonderful book. I didn't almost hear it, I did hear Bo's voice as I read the book - the growl, the machine-gun tempo when he had a point to make as well as the voice of a favorite uncle when a gentle tone was necessary. I could not put the book down and I could not wait to share my thoughts the next day at work. Mr. Bacon has crafted a fine tribute to a great man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Garfinkel on December 21, 2007
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A very compelling and useful book. I come to read this from several unusual perspectives.

> I "covered" Bo as a student reporter in 1975 at the Michigan Daily, reporting on a pep rally! Never met him personally.

> A business coach I worked with a decade later had known Bo at Ohio State, when Bo was coaching under the equally legendary Woody Hayes, and when I recommended this book to him, he wrote back to me and said, "David, it's just like sitting down and talking to those two."

John Bacon evidently did that good a job capturing Bo's voice.

> I'm also on the cusp of entering an executive coaching certificate program as part of a Ph.D. program I'm enrolled in. What Bo has to say is, as you might imagine, quite different from what the much less intrusive experts on executive coaching recommend. You don't want to communicate with a CEO or a business owner the way you talk to a student athlete about to go into battle!

But many of the principles remain consistent. And Bo was nothing if not a highly principled man. I'm sure that was a big part of his almost superhuman track record on the football field -- and his character shines through brightly in these pages.
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