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Above the Line Audiobook

Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season

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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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    Greg 12-26-15
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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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    Charles 11-10-15
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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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    Jim 06-21-17
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    "Great coaching resource"

    A little in depth on the football game details at times, but a monumental coaching resource chalked full of ideas and years of experience and emotions. Great narration.

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    "Just a great leadership book"
    If you could sum up Above the Line in three words, what would they be?

    Three words? I can do it it in three letters B.C.D. is the acronym I have been looking for my entire business life. Blame Complain Defend If you can get BCD out of your team and your family life the world has to become a magical and successful place. To say it is a work in progress in both places for me would be an massive understatement. Trying to convince an 8 year old who's favorite pastime is arguing and proving herself right that eliminating BCD behavior is the way to go is quite a bit more difficult then trying it with a team of sales people, and that is proving quite a bit difficult by itself. This gives me some hope if he can make it happen with 18-22 year old elite athletes most of whom probably have never heard the word no until they got to campus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    this is absolutely a book that I would like to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that I will continue to go back to you on a pretty regular basis for motivation on leadership.

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    Andrew Evans, GA, United States 04-01-17
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    "Outstanding Book on leadership Abe Coaching"

    I love reading about leadership Abe coaching and I think Coach Meyer does a fantastic job explaining his thoughts and ideas on building winning teams and strong culture. His personal drive and determination are remarkable. His battles through it all have made him a better coach leader man father and husband. Well done coach and I am not an OSU OR Gator Fan.

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    "Excellent read..."

    A great game plan for team building at any level...great for any level leader .

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    Very encouraging and worth the purchase. The story symbolizes what leadership is all about. EXCELLENT!!!

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    "Find Out How to be a Leader from an Expert AAA+++"
    What did you love best about Above the Line?

    Detailed description of the 2014 season when they lost two quarterbacks to injury and had another player take his own life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Above the Line?

    Description of the game against Alabama.


    Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favorite?

    Urban Meyer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never Give Up


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have ever read.

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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, OH United States 09-29-16
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    "Leadership tools for life"

    Great man, because he's great at helping people. Very practical team leading advice. Not just football.

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