The author of several books about leadership, Phillips (Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership, etc.) offers an absorbing and practical examination of famed football coach Vince Lombardi's strategies for success and how they can be applied to the business world. A short biography of the coach gives a sense of the source of Lombardi's style his father was a strict disciplinarian who advocated respect and duty above all else. As an athlete, Lombardi, who died in 1970, was accomplished at several sports but his first love was always football. He began his coaching career under Red Blaik at West Point, where he perfected his discipline. By the end of his life, he could take credit for nine successive playoff victories and two Super Bowl triumphs. What made Lombardi so successful? Phillips answers this question with detailed anecdotes from the coach's colleagues and players, along with chapter summaries highlighting "Lombardi Principles." Among these precepts are "Demonstrate your commitment to equality through your actions as well as your words," "Expect full cooperation from your superiors, and give full cooperation in return" and "Remember that all talent is founded on fundamentals and that fundamentals win it." Though seasoned executives may find some of the insights self-evident, less experienced managers should find them useful, especially if they're already familiar with Lombardi and his unique style.
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The ultimate compliment paid to Vince Lombardi was by former Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer: "We knew that the only difference between being a good football team and a great football team was him and only him." Phillips, an authority on leadership (see, e.g., The Founding Fathers on Leadership, LJ 1/90), does not offer a sports biography like David Maraniss's When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (LJ 8/99). Instead, in straightforward, practical, no-nonsense prose, he clearly explains how Lombardi's coaching style can be utilized in today's business environment. The result is more useful than many such guides drawn from the philosophies or teachings of nonbusiness figures. Recommended for most libraries. Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC HRekindling the Movement: Labor's Quest for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century.
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This is a great read about Vince if this is your first book about him. They do get redundant. I think this may be the first written about him. Fascinating man!Published 16 months ago by Michael A Popovich
Excellent life lessons that are relevant in personal and professional life. Vincent Lombardi embodies the qualities that define greatness. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Russ Roosa
Awesome book, def recommend to any up and coming coach or for anyone who needs motivation. Great book def one I will read again.Published 22 months ago by lance marquez