Some of the most phenomenal leadership lessons I ve ever read Don t need to be a college football fan to learn from this book. Book Review During this reading cycle I read the novel Above the Line by Urban Meyer This is an autobiography about his personal and coaching career This novel was about lessons in leadership and the life and hard work from a championship season.There are 8 chapters in this novel and the first one is about the foundation The foundation is by far the most crucial part in having a good team or even being a good player The next chapter is about the R factor and Urban Meyer talks about this equation, E R O The E stands for event and the R stands for Response and that equals O which stands for outcome Urban then gives examples of how this works like when something happens and the what you do in response will determine an outcome, sometimes good or bad The chapter that I felt was the best and applied to me the most was the last one which was called The 10 80 10 principle This chapter was about the players and how there were people who worked the extra mile to achieve greatness Then there were players that were there just to get by but worked hard Finally there were the players that did not work very hard and seemed to not want to be there The first 10% were the people who worked the hardest and stayed after practice to work and came in early to work As Urban said, these are the players coaches love to coach The 80% are the majority of people and they just come to practice and work hard and don t do anything extra The last 10% are the people who seem like they don t want to be there and as Urban said that the last 10% can be a nightmare to coach.I would rate this book a 5 because I never got bored reading it I would recommend this book to anyone who liked sports or is a very lazy person try to improve and not be lazy All in all this book has been my favorite book I have read all year this school year. Remarkable Lessons In Leadership And Teambuilding From One Of The Greatest College Football Coaches Of Our TimeIn Only Thirteen Years As A Head Football Coach, First At Bowling Green And Then At Utah, Florida, And Ohio State, Urban Meyer Has Established Himself As One Of The Elite Coaches In The Annals Of His Sport, With Three National Championships And A Cumulative Record Of Wins And Only Losses But Sheer Statistics Are Not The Measure Of His True Accomplishment, Nor Do They Speak To His Own Extraordinary Learning Journey Now, In Above The Line, He Offers To Readers His Unparalleled Insights Into Leadership, Team Building And The Keys To Empowering People To Achieve Things They Might Never Have Thought Possible Despite Winning Two National Championships At Florida In Only Six Seasons, Meyer Stepped Back From The Game At The End Of The Season, Amid Health Concerns And A Growing Awareness That His Almost Maniacal Pursuit Of Perfection Was Distorting His Priorities, Distancing Him From His Family And Taking Him Away From The Reasons He Wanted To Coach In The First Place When He Returned To The Sport In As The Head Coach At Ohio State, The School He Grew Up Rooting For, Meyer Did So With A Renewed Sense Of The Deeper Purpose Of His Work And A Profound Commitment To Life Balance That Had Previously Been Lacking What Remained Constant Was His Passion For Leading, Teaching And Motivating, Forging His Football Teams Into A Cohesive Whole, Playing For One Another With Selfless Commitment And Uncommon Intensity Ohio State S Season Was In Many Ways Urban Meyer S Master Class In Leadership The World Knows How The Story Ended With The Buckeyes Capturing The Inaugural College Football Playoff Championship With A Victory Over Oregon, With The Team S Third String Quarterback At The Helm, In Only His Third Collegiate Start Few Remember How It Began With A Bad Early Season Loss That Sent OSU Out Of The Top , Season Ending Injuries At The Most Important Position On The Team, And Then, Infinitely Worse, The Tragic Death Of A Teammate But This Team S Resilience Was No Accident In Above The Line, Urban Meyer Shares With Readers OSU S Groundbreaking Game Plan The Game Plan He Followed Every Day In The Buckeyes Historic Season For Creating A Culture Of Success That Engages And Inspires The People Around Them A Student Of Psychology Long Before He Became A Coach, Meyer Believes That Trust Is The Bedrock Of Great Achievements And Healthy Relationships, And Explains How To Build It, Step By Step Whether In A Team, A Family, Or A Fortune 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 From The Hardcover Edition This quarter I read the book Above The Line by The Ohio State University Head Football Coach, Urban Meyer The book is a nonfiction text that describes the mindset and steps needed to becoming a better leader Coach Meyer gives his take on life by sharing some of his stories and applying them to any situation that someone could come across I enjoyed reading this book because of the relatable life lessons that it entailed, and also because it was written by someone who I personally look up to The main points of the book Above The Line are that everyone is put in difficult situations in life, and the path to being successful comes from the response and ability to overcome these difficult situations This ideal is called E R O which stands for Event plus Response equals Outcome In order for people to overcome their problems, they must first accept and take responsibility for them Meyer calls this step eliminating BCD or Blame, Complain, Defend By first taking responsibility for any predicament that has affected you or the team, you have already made yourself stand out as a leader Another important leadership quality to possess that Meyer discusses is to make the people around you better as you better yourself This comes from first earning their respect, and then setting an example of the type of effort and composure needed from everyone else on the team or group being led If you do not first gain the respect and trust of those around you, they will either not follow your example or will lose sight of the purpose for their actions Meyer used a story from his coaching days at Florida to describe how a leader makes the team better as a whole He said that on the average team there are 10% of people who put forth maximum effort and will be the elite contributors, 80% of people who come and work hard most of the time and are reasonably reliable, and the other 10% of people who do not care or try to cause trouble At the University of Florida, he told his quarterback Tim Tebow to try and turn as many 80 s into 10 s as he could For me personally, the book had great messages about how to overcome obstacles in sports and in life Although Urban Meyer is not known as a great writer, I still see this work as a top notch piece with a few parts that were somewhat cliche or corny I felt that the themes taught through stories definitely came from the heart and that Coach Meyer has truly implemented these into his whole lifestyle to become a successful football coach, but importantly a better all around human being Being an athlete and captain, I believe that if I buy in to the Above The Line way of thinking, that my teams will have success, and I will be much happier I would recommend this book to anyone who is an athlete or part of a team that wants to take the next step in their role as a leader Even if you are not a huge fan of football there are still many great lessons to be learned that relate to all aspects of life. This is now my favorite book, hands down The way Urban Meyer puts his leadership and spiritual concepts together, and develops a championship caliber program is unbelievable.I felt very connected to this book, like he was talking to me I will be using a lot of his tactics in my everyday life, and I will be referring to this book often I read Above The Line, by Ohio State University football coach, Urban Meyer This popular biography was published after Meyer s surprisingly successful 2014 football season I strongly believe that this story should be read by those who not only enjoy sports, but also learning how to become a better leader and creating a mentality to win The plot is based upon Urban Meyer s coaching career, mainly focusing on the year 2014 when he won a National Championship when no one thought he could do it Throughout the book, Meyer takes a very detailed style of writing and gives readers incite as to what he was thinking and what was going on at certain points within the season The theme of this biography is that leadership creates success Not only does he apply this on the football field, but Meyer discusses how important leadership can be in a workplace or any other situation where working with others is important There really is not much characterization created by Meyer, however he does discuss the attributes of being a leader and what players he has had that apply those attributes Also, Meyer most apparently creates a characterization of himself, discussing what he believes and how his ideas on leadership can make a team great The plot created by the author is very interesting and informative Meyer mainly goes over different ideas that can be applied to make better leaders on and off the football field The most important idea he discusses is called above the line behavior This is being the bigger person in all situations It is making right decisions when others decide not to, and trying to get others to be above the line with you Meyer stresses the importance of pulling others up to your level, whether it is with physical performance on the field or mental performance in the classroom Another idea he talks about the E R O This is event response outcome Meyer talks about how you can t always control the event that occurs, but you can always control your response to any situation This goes along with the idea of above the line behavior because your response to an event needs to be thought through and made correctly Above The Line by Urban Meyer is most like the biography Through My eyes by Tim Tebow In Tebow s book he also discusses his views on leadership and applying them on the football field Also, each book discusses the importance of having the mentality to win Each author believes in order to be the best you have to have good leadership and a will to win in any situation I strongly suggest reading each book because they will teach very much on becoming a better person and competitor. How would you feel if you got to play for one of the best college football coaches in history The 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes were pleased to hear that Urban Meyer came out of retirement and would be the head coach In Urban s book Above The Line he talks about his journey of coming out of retirement to come to coach at The Ohio State University This book takes place mostly in Columbus, Ohio The book fits into the category of memoir because Urban revisits the great memories he had with his past OSU football teams I greatly enjoyed this book because I love Ohio State sports.There are three main characters in this book Urban Meyer, The Ohio State football squad, and Urban s family After winning two championships in just six years at Florida, Urban is on his way to being a very successful football coach Then Urban unexpectedly announced that he will be stepping down as coach This shocked the college football world Urban left because of his personal health, relationships, and his personal priorities In 2012, Urban accepted the head coach position at the school he grew up cheering for, Ohio State At Ohio State he preached to his players and staff to have above the line behavior in everything they do The 2014 season tested Urban greatly Quarterback JT Barrett had injured himself, so back up quarterback Cardale Jones had to mature real quick It s important to understand that success is not determined by the situations you experience, Meyer writes Success is determined by how you choose to manage the situation It is very exciting seeing Urban Meyer go through rough times, learning from the rough times, and making sure himself or his team doesn t go through them again That is how winning is done I give this book a five out of five stars I loved this book because of Urban Meyer s cleverness and watching the Ohio State team mature and fight through adversity He went from being in a slump in life, to picking himself up and taking a ordinary team to a national championship In the college football world, teams who lose their starting quarterback NEVER win a lot of games Urban lost his starting quarterback to injury, and used an inexperienced Cardale Jones and won a national championship, just unbelievable. Do you believe a person can really change Well Urban Meyer believes in change He wrote a book called Above The Line This book would fit in the sports genre, it would fit into this genre because he talks about sports and the fundamentals of football pretty much throughout the whole book This book is about the way Urban Meyer believes in coaching football, but at the end of the 2010 college football season he announced that he was stepping down from his coaching job at Florida He explains in his book that he had lost himself, that he wasn t who he wanted to be as a father, husband, or a coach He also said that he has stepped down due to health problems Urban Meyer returned to coaching at Ohio State in 2012 He talks about in the book the standard he holds his players to He also talks about the leadership he teaches them and how he goes about teaching them Urban Meyer believes in above the line behavior that includes leadership, being brave, and doing what s expected of you at all times Urban Meyer talks about his experiences as a child and how his dad praised him when he got into his first fist fight for standing up for his sister Urban Meyer shares his groundbreaking game plan, the game plan followed every day in the Ohio State Buckeyes championship season, for creating a culture of success built on trust and a commitment to a common purpose I would give the book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars I would give it that rating because it s a really good and interesting book I would also give it that rating because it is inspirational in a way it makes me have a different outlook on the way I do and go about things Urban Meyer shows amazing leadership and teaches how to go about being a leader Not many people are like that This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. As a Buckeye fan, this book was like seeing how the sausage is made And in college football, the sausage is made by a perfectionist, molded by an apparently abusive father, who drills military and fraternity themed banalities into people over and over and over The entire book, excluding excerpted play by play from the last three games of the 2014 2015 season just watch the games again , could have been a three slide PowerPoint presentation It read like There are pig parts in the sausage The sausage is made of pig parts You have to put pig parts in the sausage, or it s not sausage.And then, incredibly Chapter Summary There are pig parts in the sausageOnly a couple of anecdotes about good things happening for players and my Ohio State tribalism saved the second star. I LOVED this book As a huge Ohio State fan, it was fun for me to kind of get an inside glimpse of what practices and mindsets are like with Urban Even if you aren t an Ohio State fan, this book is so insightful My Michigan fan basketball coach actually lent it to me It will teach you so many ideas on keeping a positive lifestyle and a good attitude It is so important to have leadership with everything we do If you want leadership, but don t quite know how to execute what you want, Urban tells us so many eye opening ideas that he does with the Ohio State football team I love that now I feel like I know so much than I used to about Ohio State just be reading this It s insane how much Urban has packed into this book I really, really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who is debating You will definitely not be disappointed Go bucks
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