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How Good Do You Want to Be?: A Champion's Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life Paperback – January 23, 2007
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About the Author
Brian Curtis is the author of Every Week a Season: A Journey Inside Big-Time College Football and The Men of March: A Season Inside the Lives of College Basketball Coaches. A former reporter for Fox Sports Net, he is now a host and analyst on College Sports Television. He and his wife, Tamara, live in New York City. Visit his website at www.briancurtis.us.
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Like him or not, Saban has a unique system that works (assuming he stays around long enough to implement it). This book is worth a read...
In Saban's first point he emphasizes the development of the "product." In most cases the product is the person who wants to be successful, but it also includes sports teams, companies, or projects. To develop the product, a "road map" is needed. A road map is a guide to life. It should define one's goals and guidelines. This is to make sure that one knows his values. The five key values are discipline, commitment, toughness, effort, and pride. The map should also take into account the "three C's." These will foster one's success. The "three C's" are commitment, conviction, and character. Commitment is defined as unwavering loyalty and dedication. If one is dedicated enough, then he will eventually succeed. Conviction is when one really believes in what he is doing. Conviction is the reason for being committed. The third "C," character, is "that crucial blend of personality and values" (Saban 35). Character is who a person really is. A positive attitude is crucial to how one responds to challenges, success, and failure. To be successful, one has to really "develop the product."
Saban's second point is the necessity of the competitive spirit. Saban states the importance of not thinking about the score, saying, "looking at the score and results can only take away from your competitive spirit" (Saban 58). A person only needs to be concerned with what he or she can control. He also highlights the significance of focus.Read more ›
"focus... on what it takes to get to [become a champion], and not on getting there," "[Players] encouraged one another and kept each other in line," "no selfishness," "we shared a purpose," "the opponent should never determine your level of competitive spirit," "anyone can be successful with the right attitude," "a road map... allows everyone... to know where you are headed," "what you need are players who have good ability, but who can reach their potential consistently... every time out," "be honest and candid and let the players know their prospects," "we have a vision for the organization and, more importantly, for the people," "create... a culture of expectations [so] everyone knows what to expect," etc. I could go on for many pages.
I know Saban's philosophy works because it helped Saban's LSU Tigers (consistent losers before Saban took over) win a share of the 2003 NCAA championship and also helped Belichick's Patriots win two of the past three Super Bowls. It's the same philosophy. I expected great similarities because Saban coordinated the defense of Belichick's Cleveland Browns in the early '90s when the two became closest of friends.Read more ›
Since the jacket cover has been changed to reflect Nick's new team, I just wonder if the paperback edition has all references to LSU edited out???
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A must have book for your Leadership Library. A great read. Filled with lots of great insight on what it takes to be a great leader.Published 20 days ago by John P. Ryan
Coach Saban, much like Bobby Bowden or any other coach we admire, is truly a great. He's one we will remember forever. Read more
Great words of wisdom from one of the best college coaches. Saban's advice is down to earth common sense and applicable personally and professionally. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phyllis Moore
I really never liked Nick Saban, not that I personally know him. The book is a good read with great insight. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mache
Amazing book. If you are researching leadership this book provides allot of insight on the topic. A must read for leaders.Published 5 months ago by MattW
I am only half way through the book and Saban's genius and insights are already having a big impact. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bayou Bliss