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Everyone's a Coach: You Can Inspire Anyone to Be a Winner Hardcover – June, 1995

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Audible Ready: On the football field, when the game plan just isn't working, that coach and team ready to execute substitute plays inevitably have the edge. Just as Dan Marino's on-field "audibles" (verbal commands) can turn crises situations into game-winning touchdowns, the office quarterback prepared with a variety of options can execute quick, on-target decisions in the face of unexpected change or challenges.

Consistency: The same reactions in similar circumstances may not seem a lot to ask of a leader - but many bosses let their moods, their "toughness," or their need to be liked get in the way when it comes to offering appropriate praise or reprimands. For Shula and Blanchard, the rule is simple: "You can't let poor performance go unnoticed - even from a superstar. The same goes for good performance - performance is all-important; that's what you need to respond to on a consistent basis."

Honesty-based: Effective leaders, Shula and Blanchard maintain, are always straightforward in their dealings with other people. Shula sets out to win fair and square and makes sure his team does the same: It's no coincidence that during Shula's seasons with Miami the Dolphins have been the least penalized team in the NFL. Though penalties in the corporate sector are less immediate than those in a stadium, studies show that the decline of ethics and integrity in a business inevitably lead to the decline of that business. Business leaders who tell it straight, who are open and honest even about bad news, develop the trust essential for strong long-term relationships - inside and outside of the company.

Featuring vignettes drawn from Shula's training sessions and actual Dolphin games, and from the corporate offices where Blanchard has encountered the best - and the worst - of management coaches, Everyone's a Coach sends leaders well on their way to creating a championship team. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Examples from the game of football are often used to illustrate determination, overcoming adversity and long odds, competition, and success; and our everyday language is filled with gridiron metaphors and memorable quotes. It is only natural, then, that Shula, the coach with more wins in professional football than any other, should write about inspiring others to win. He provided similar guidance with The Winning Edge (1973), his account of his success in turning around the ineffectual Miami Dolphins. He now teams up with Blanchard, author of the best-selling One Minute Manager (1982) and its popular sequels. Alternately, the two dispense their advice using key points based on the somewhat forced mnemonic COACH (conviction-driven, overlearning, audible ready, consistency, and honesty). Shula, a deeply religious person, includes frequent references to his faith and God. Blanchard, meanwhile, sings the praises of Shula and offers up business applications of Shula's playing-field tactics. David Rouse
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310501202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310501206
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
Of the 1000's of books written on leadership in the past 100 years, this one presents a very real picture of world we live in. Too many of the books I've read lately give us the magic formulas to follow, some leading us through a veritable mathematical maze to tell us what kind of leader we are. "Principle-Centered Leadership" by Covey and "The Platinum Rule" fall into this category. What Blanchard and Shula have done, and done quite successfully is to integrate theory with actual examples. While I don't agree with everything that Shula has done, I do applaud his efforts. I do absolutely believe in his philosophy of "Lead by example," and the necessity of developing trust. Both Shula and Blanchard emphasize this aspect of leadership as critical. There are too many so-called leaders in the corporate world who do not lead by example. They are quite willing to demand of you what they are unwilling to do themselves. On top of the quality of the reading, the book is very easy to read. I hi
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on April 7, 2004
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What makes this book so effective is that the advice offered is not only solid, but it can be applied immeditely. It's a "hands on" doer's guide. The strength Ken Blanchard brings is his strong Christian influence. Shula's credentials consist of his long term track record as an NFL coach. In this book Shula describes how he leads by example and thorough preparation.
One place this book separtes itself from books of this genre is that it emphasizes "follow through" as contrasted with goal-setting. That's an action focus. It puts the spotlight on doing something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dodd on December 29, 2003
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Don Shula, the National Football League's all-time winningest coach, teamed up with Ken Blanchard, the internationally known and multiple award-winning author, educator, and management and leadership consultant, and together they co-wrote an outstanding book about leaders getting the best performance from the individuals and organizations they are privileged to lead. Whether you are responsible for the performance of multiple organizations, or for just one other individual, the leadership wisdom and insights in this book can help you maximize your coaching and leadership effectiveness.

The winning combination of the two separately distinguished leaders in their respective fields, and the complementary structure of the book were brilliant. Organized around the acronym C.O.A.C.H., the five coaching "secrets" that Shula had practiced and Blanchard has been teaching for over 30 years, the book alternated synergistic passages from Shula then Blanchard to explore and explain the acronym in theory and practice from the football gridiron to modern business situations, and ultimately to the game of life.

Here's how Shula and Blanchard define and think about the acronym C.O.A.C.H.:
Conviction-Driven: Effective leaders stand for something.
Overlearning: Effective leaders help their teams achieve practice perfection.
Audible-Ready: Effective leaders, and the people and teams they coach, are ready to change their game plan when the situation demands it.
Consistency: Effective leaders are predictable in their response to performance.
Honesty-Based: Effective leaders have high integrity and are clear and straightforward in their interactions with others.

Conviction-Driven: "Someone has said that a river without banks is a puddle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Chacos on February 15, 2009
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As an Australian I have had very little exposure to NFL football and did not know of Don Shula, his records or his coaching philosophy... having said that, I was geatly impressed with Shula, his approach to coaching, training and people... and equally pleased that Ken Blanhard could bring life to these principles within the business dynamic.

The book offers a wonderful collage of stories from Shula, the players and officials that give insight to the man behind the records, so for Dolphin or NFL fans, it, in my humble opinion, makes for a good read.

The book also offers a business perspective on the coaching principles of Shula, offerred by Blanchard. For those interested in coaching people or teams, be it in sport or in business, it offers wonderful gems and insight.

I really enjoyed it and gained a lot, though I must say, it is not an 'answer-all' for leadership and coaching. It is, however, a wonderful place to visit to refuel your passion and interest in honouring others and leading them to their potential through the process of coaching.
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By angela on July 26, 2011
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It is quite impossible to inspire someone else if we are not inspired ourselves. That is pretty obvious. And as the master painter and draftsman once noted, "Wisdom is the daughter of experience." The book is authored by NFL coaching legend Don Shula, and Ken Blanchard, a prominent businessman. The authors derive the many anecdotes for this book from their own success. Basically, the book is composed of the following useful information: advice, strategies, summaries, key points, varying points-of-view, and so forth. I found the book to be a good, thorough read. Sometimes, what I need is concise, well-organized reminders of what works and does not work for someone who wishes to be at the top of their game. The book is not a magical pill. Besides, why should it even be that easy? Perhaps there is another coaching book out there that offers more inspiration. Who knows? It is really a matter of taste or preference. Nonetheless, Shula and Blanchard's book is informational and all information is useful, especially if it comes fairly cheap. Just layer it on if you must have more. Otherwise, this is a good, useful read.
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