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  1. 5.6 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    Lessons on leadership and team-building from Ohio State’s head football coach, drawing heavily on the 2014 season and his team’s remarkable run to the championship in the face of adversity Since he took over at Bowling Green in 2001, Urban Frank Meyer III has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the annals of college football. With three national championships and a record of 142–26, he has achieved remarkable results with many teams. But it is Meyer’s recent work at The Ohio State University that has elevated him into the realm of such iconic coaching names as Paul (Bear) Bryant, Knute Rockne, and OSU’s own Woody Hayes. Never was that work more successful than in the 2014 season, which ended with Meyer’s Buckeyes capturing the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship with a 42–20 victory over Oregon. That the triumph came with a third-string quarterback at the helm—and after OSU had suffered a brutal early-season loss and endured the tragic loss of a teammate—only made the achievement that much more extraordinary. How did Ohio State, a school many thought did not even deserve to be in the playoffs, end up at the summit of college football? In Above the Line, Urban Meyer answers this question and many more. Pulling back the curtain on the high-profile, high-pressure world he operates in, he offers listeners a groundbreaking game plan for creating a culture of success that engages and inspires the people around them—the very game plan he followed every day in the Buckeyes’ historic 2014 season. A student of psychology long before he became a coach, Meyer believes that trust is the bedrock of great achievements and healthy relationships, and he explains how to build it, step by step—whether in a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company. With trust in place, a deep bond unites us in common purpose and cultivates what he calls “above the line” behavior—a learned, empowered response to the challenges we face every day. Writing with his customary candor and humility, Meyer delivers insights both practical and profound—and applicable far beyond the football field. Packed with real-life examples from a storied season, Above the Line offers wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories.

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    Above the Line

    5.6 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.5 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    More than six years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country’s most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than twenty books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves. Bill Belichick’s thirty-one years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success—most recently with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking book, The Education of a Coach, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field.

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    The Education of a Coach

    9.5 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.9 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Donald Sterling. Ray Rice. The Washington Redskins. The Miami Dolphins. NCAA athletes. These names, among countless others, have blanketed the headlines as the media has brought global attention to several recent sports controversies. Now Kenneth L. Shropshire, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania professor of legal studies and business ethics and director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, uses these stories as a prism for exploring the leadership challenges facing team owners, management, players, and fans. In Sport Matters, Shropshire examines the need for diversity, inclusion, respect, and equality in sports, focusing on the need for leadership to embrace and deliver these principles in a real and tangible way within the sports industry. He also introduces the Sports Power Matrix, a framework for understanding power within the sports industry. Sport Matters addresses what the Donald Sterling drama can teach us about race and the need for inclusion at the ownership level, the lessons learned from the NFL and Ray Rice case, the Washington Redskins name and the economics of change, what the Miami Dolphins matter tells us about respect in the workplace and beyond, and compensation and equality in “amateur” sports. Sport Matters, filled with disturbing revelations and uncomfortable truths, also provides hope, revealing how obstacles to achieving an ideal culture of equality and respect within the sports industry can be removed. Shropshire argues that while change matters, continued emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and respect is needed to create true progress.

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    Sport Matters

    2.9 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 26.1 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Bill Parcells may be the most iconic football coach of our time. During his decades-long tenure as an NFL coach, he turned failing franchises into contenders. He led the ailing New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, turned the New England Patriots into an NFL powerhouse, reinvigorated the New York Jets, brought the Dallas Cowboys back to life, and was most recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Taking readers behind the scenes with one of the most influential and fascinating coaches the NFL has ever known, Parcells will take a look back at this coach’s long, storied, and influential career, offer a nuanced portrayal of the complex man behind the coach, and examine the inner workings of the NFL.

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    Parcells

    26.1 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.1 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    An inspirational guide for leaders by the two-time Super Bowl–winning coach of the New York Giants He led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories with his system of relentless preparation and old-school resilience. He teaches his players that you can never guarantee a win, but you can always earn the right to win—with focus, consistency, hard work, and anticipation of obstacles. And if you’ve earned the right to win, you can sleep soundly before a big game and take the field with confidence. Now Coughlin shares his best advice and shows how they apply beyond the gridiron. His philosophy focuses on mental preparation and consistency in the face of adversity. And his direct, honest wisdom can help leaders in any field rev up their own organizations. Coughlin’s lessons include: • Using time efficiently, both in sticking to a schedule and planning for the long-term• Preparing for unexpected opportunities and building flexibility into your game plan• Paying close attention to the details because every piece of information is an advantage over the competition• Establishing trust and open communication with your team Coughlin illustrates his lessons with previously untold stories about prominent players like Eli Manning, Doug Flutie, and Michael Strahan. Earn the Right to Win can help you master a winning combination: preparation, smart decision making, and toughness in the face of adversity. It’s a powerful guide for leaders in any kind of organization.

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    Earn the Right to Win

    By Tom Coughlin, with David Fisher
    5.1 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 13.1 hrs • 8/21/2012 • Unabridged

    Joe Posnanski’s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach’s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno’s life covering the coach on and off the field—and through the scandal that ended Paterno’s legendary career. Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Joe Paterno was a first-generation college student whose family discouraged him from pursuing a degree. But at Brown University, Paterno became a star quarterback; after college, in 1950 and at the age of 23, he was hired by his former coach to serve as assistant coach to the Penn State football team. In the 62 football seasons that followed, the Nittany Lions won 409 games of a possible 695, 29 of which were Top 10 in national rankings. Paterno missed only three games. He was honored with every distinction the industry had to offer, from the first ever Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, to the Associated Press College Football Coach Award, to the NCAA’s Gerald R. Ford Award. Paterno gets inside the mind of one of the most gifted and charismatic coaches in US history. By listening to this history of his remarkable life, listeners will learn more about football, more about leadership, and more about America.

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    Paterno

    13.1 hrs • 8/21/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.6 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    There are very few coaches held higher esteem than Bo Schembechler. As coach of the University of Michigan football team, he won 13 Big Ten titles and finished as the winningest coach in their storied history. But beyond the wins and losses, Bo is best remembered for the remarkable impact he had on his players and fans alike.In BO'S LASTING LESSONS, the coach draws on his years of experience, using first-person anecdotes to deliver timeless lessons on leadership, motivation and responsibility. With pithy language, Bo explains that true leadership requires the compassion to actively listen to your people, and then to have the courage to do what is right every time. Bo does not rely upon charts, graphs, or X's and O's to make his points; rather, he focuses on getting his players to challenge themselves and to reach for heights they had never thought possible. A big believer in peer pressure and in always making his players accountable for their actions, Schembechler has coached athletes who went on to become professional football players, doctors, lawyers and CEOs.

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    Bo's Lasting Lessons

    3.6 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  8. 3.9 hrs • 7/13/2010 • Abridged

    “I know that I’ll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, ‘Pete, which is better: winning or competing?’ My response was instantaneous: ‘Competing…because it lasts longer.’” Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles.  This same mindset and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights. Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team’s culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike. Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it’s about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: “If you want to win forever, always compete.”

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    Win Forever

    3.9 hrs • 7/13/10 • Abridged
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  9. 10.8 hrs • 9/3/2009 • Unabridged

    Bill Walsh was perhaps the most influential and successful coach in NFL history, transforming the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a dynasty that won five Super Bowls. He is acclaimed not only for his strategic brilliance but also for his advanced approach to leadership. His teams sustained a consistency of excellence rarely seen in sports … or anywhere else. Drawn from a series of deeply revealing conversations with coauthor Steve Jamison, The Score Takes Care of Itself offers Walsh’s best leadership principles illustrated by anecdotes from his entire career. Additional insights and perspective are provided by his son Craig Walsh. A sample of Bill’s wisdom: Believe in people: No one will ever come back later and thank you for expecting too little of them. Professionalism matters: There was no showboating allowed after touchdowns, no taunting of opponents, and no demonstrations to attract attention to oneself. Keep a short enemies list: One enemy can do more damage than the good done by a hundred friends. Leaders can’t escape criticism: Ignore the undeserved. Learn from the deserved. Lick your wounds. Move on. It may hurt, but sometimes you can’t have the last word. This book will delight football fans and guide the vast business audience eager to learn how Bill Walsh motivated individuals and crafted winning teams.

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    The Score Takes Care of Itself

    By Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh
    Read by Dick Hill
    10.8 hrs • 9/3/09 • Unabridged
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