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Management Secrets of the New England Patriots: From "Patsies" to Two-Time Super Bowl Champs; Vol. 1: Achievements, Personnel, Teamwork, Motivation, a Paperback – January 1, 2005

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"An impressive look at what drives the team's success... It doesn't read like some wonkish, academic text." -- Boston Herald (Greg Gatlin, Feb. 6, 2005)

"Fascinating quotes, statistics, and revelations that keep the reader entranced... Lavin’s remarkable story provides the recipe for championship stew." -- Boston Phoenix (Christopher Young,

"Fascinating." -- Toronto Star (Dave Perkins, Feb. 5, 2005)

"Great book. Having read [many] football-as-a-metaphor-for-life books... I can say [this] is as comprehensive and well-written a book as [any]." -- Doug Farrar, Editor-in-Chief, Seahawks.net

"Lavin makes a strong... case that the Patriots 'are a better organization than they are a team.'" -- New York Times (Richard Sandomir,

"Required Reading... If... any other NFL organization would like to [catch] the Patriots, they should definitely pick up a copy." -- Dan Pires and Steve DeCosta, Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA), Feb. 5, 2005

"Timely, insightful book." -- Peter Finney, Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Jan. 28, 2005

"Whether you're a New England fan or not, you'll be fascinated by [this] intriguing new book." -- Houston Chronicle (John McClain, January 30, 2005)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Pointer Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976203952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976203957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Stephens on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am an adjunct faculty member teaching MBA courses. I thought this book was not only well researched, but also provides the reader with insight on how to use examples from the Patriots organization and improve your own.

Mr. Lavin does not delve into "macho-jock" rhetoric; but instead, offers the reader with helpful quantitative and qualitative analysis on organizational behavior.
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When I launched into MANAGEMENT SECRETS OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS by James Lavin, I knew nothing of football. However, I did know that that the Patriots pulled off two miraculous upsets. I wanted to know exactly how they did that and took a peak at the table of contents. There I found topics such as; Focus on what you control, overcoming adversity, competing and disciplining, and I found out everything I ever wanted to know about Mr. Bill Belichick, the guy who led the team to victory.

I loved this book and although I read it for its information on all things managerial, (the author earned a PhD in economics at Stanford in performance work organization) I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about football. If one is interested in sports history and business sensibilities, this book is surely the best of both worlds! It is a great business gift.
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By JYB on December 28, 2005
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I first heard about Mr. Lavin's book from a website full of die hard New England Patriots fans. What interested me was the idea that management techniques could be explained in terms that were both relevant to my experiences (as I am an avid football fan) and accessable. The second was most important because, while I have no business school/management training, I do run tens of millions of dollars worth of work for my company. Going into my latest project, I had been looking to refine my management of finances and personnel. Using this well researched book I was able to understand how a core group within an organization could produce at a sustained high level. Not only was this book a blast to read, but it has also had a profound effect on the way I do business.
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By Stephen on December 15, 2005
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I am currently a first year MBA student, and I can safely say that I learned more from this book than I did from just about any class I took during my first semester at B-school. Mr. Lavin does an absolutely brilliant job explaining the success of the Patriots in terms of business management. I have read several books about the Patriots, and I really think this was my favorite because it looked at Coach Belichick and the Patriots as a business organization and not just a football team. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning what it takes to run a top of the line organization.
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I always wanted to know what make teams tick, especially great teams like the Pats. This is a good example of a well run organization for any business.
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I am a high school football coach in Connecticut and can clearly say that this book and volume 2 have helped me become a better coach to my players, a better teacher to my students, and a better mentor to my staff. You can not argue with the success of Bill Belichick and his staff, so why not try and soak up everything written about what they have accomplished. I constantly use these books as resources for my teaching and coaching. I have had friends in the coaching profession read the books and improve their programs as well. I hope Mr. Lavin can go out to Notre Dame and start picking Charlie Weis' mind. An outstanding read- something no manager, teacher, or coach should be without.
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Disappointing to say the least. The simple philosophies that are used to achieve their outstanding results are lost in a quagmire of quotes. It would have helped if they included a summary at chapters end setting out the management strategies and how they operationalized those strategies.
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This overview of the management style of the New England football organization gives the reader tangible infromation concerning the formation of their organization from top to bottom.The formula used in the the building of this football dynasty can be used by any business, school or organization that must encompass a number of intregal pieces for success. It is a outline for winners. One of the best managerial books that I have read in my 35 years of coaching and sports administration.

Bill Krejci,AD
Southwestern Community College
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