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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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Single Best Book on Leadership Ever

If you asked me to recommend just one book on Leadership for coaches it would be this one! A must read.

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Powerful

Great for all coaches. High school coaches can use the tools inside! Emotional co tell and good habits are a few ways URBAN meyer coaches his athletes.

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A Necessary Text

If you coach or are in any type of leadership role, this book is the prerequisite text for you to get to the next level. So much good stuff, you’ll definitely feel enhanced after reading.

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Great book!

Full of great info for those looking to better themselves as leaders, as well as a better person overall

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Awesome Book on Developing Leadership

Great Book! I am looking forward to reading it again just to absorb the great ideas on how to develop the right culture and prepare your people for battle. business is a sport and I find it a lot of fun to learn from the best of coaches!

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Inspiring, Accessible, Life Changing

I am not football fan. I don't even understand the game. But this is a powerful account of intentional action by a coach and his players that created greatness. its lessons are portable to family life and development of personal character, which is what I was after. And the sports/warrior themes give me language with which to approach my adrenaline loving teen son. But the real point here is what it does for me. This leadership training helps me see the vital changes I need to make in order to model the Above the Line behavior I want to cultivate in my family.

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Excellent

this is definitely my favorite leadership Business book of all time, and I'm not even a Buckeye fan!