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Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership Paperback – September 4, 2008
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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
By the time I finished the book, I decided each of my young-adult grandchildren should read it. First, they must read the "Reflections" at the back of the book and tell me what they learned about Bo; then, they must read the entire book -- and re-read it as often as they see fit. They are not to ever discard this book; rather, pass it on to their children.
This week I ordered and received four additional copies from four fellow sellers on Amazon.
> 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely LOVE this book. Not just because it's about Bo, but because it has so much good advice within. Managers should read this as part of their self improvement processes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DMK
This book made you want to meet Bo and it reads as if Bo were talking to you. Great read.Published 3 months ago
Mr. Bacon has captured the essential Bo Schembechler. One of the best college football coaches of all time.Published 7 months ago by MVW