Above the Line

Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,361 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 14 years ago, 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 explains how to build it, step by step - whether in a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company.

©2015 Urban Meyer (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Great for any coach at any level

The concepts are common denominators no matter the sport or level. It's an excellent combination of philosophies and specific stories/anecdotes that further explain why Coach Meyer has been successful everywhere he's been. I took away specific, useful ideas to apply to the teams I coach.

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It was very powerful and straight to the point . Wish urban would have given a conclusion or even an introduction. To the book

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Must a read for anyone serious about leading!

An excellent lead for a true leader! Coach Meyer lays the foundation for influencing and changing lives.

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Great Leadership Lessons

One of the best leadership books you can read. There are so many excellent lessons. Thanks coach! Go Bucks!

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talked a lot about football as opposed to more inspirational above the line thinking or techniques. I got bored listening to football plays.

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Great lessons

One of the truly great book which one can actually learn lessons and apply

Highly recommended

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I wish Urban narrated it. Great Book

loved it. only complaint I would have is Urban not reading it. great book for anyone trying to be the best version of themselves

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Nothing new, not even original

No doubt a winning coach (I struggle to use "great" based on moral objection) but he just pulls the surface level philosophy from "WIG", and a leadership poster I used in 2012, I believe. It's not an indictment that his method is faulty, but more that he doesnt add any unique perspective that hasnt been stated already and frankly, better.

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Great leaders INSPIRE!

What a great story. Thank you Urban for sharing how you have grown as a leader.

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Great Book!

I really loved the book. Teaches about leadership and basic rules for everyday life.

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Amazing Insights

This book is filled with sports and applicable skills that you are able to use to rewire the thoughts and reactions to any event you face in life. thinking above the line will enable you to deal with and effectively react to any situation faced.