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Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  396 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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
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Published September 10th 2007 by Business Plus (first published 2007)
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“Lasting Lessons” is an interesting book and a must for hardcore Michigan football fans. If you are at all familiar with Bo you will quickly notice the book is written in Bo's distinctive voice. To Bo, the world is shaped like a football and this apparent he talks about his lessons; like tips on how to run a business, build personal relationships or, be a good person -- there is always an analogy or a way to connect it to football. The wisdom is folksy and might sound like something your Dad or ...more
Donald Plugge

"Bo's Lasting Lessons" exposes the inner mindset of a successful coach. The story imbues a certain sense of enthusiasm and integrity. Bo Schembechler appears, at first blush, to be a simple and straight forward man, yet the author, John Bacon, brings to light a studied, compound thinker.

The lessons in leadership are exhibited by examples from the coaches career and not presented as a guide. Some of the key points are both unorthodox and, in a way, "good ol' boy". The coach had no interest in be
Paul Caris
The three biggest things I learned from this book were first of all what it really means to be a michigan man related to the university of michigan football team. It's about character integrity and hard work not about what you are entitled to because of the helmet you wear. I also learned the value of standing for what you believe in. Bo was big on being who he was and not wavering on that even when results weren't there. It didn't mean he couldn't learn but he wasn't out looking for a fad or th ...more
Lorri Coburn
I grew up with Bo Schembechler as a household name, since the University of Michigan football program was all-important to my dad and brothers. As a youngster I admired his ability to develop one of the winningest football teams in the history of college football. As an adult, I stepped away from him, perceiving him as arrogant.

This book gave me back to my childhood hero, as I saw that was could be perceived as arrogance could also be interpreted as an unyielding adherance to excellence. In fac
Jan 03, 2008 CJ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: business people, football fans, University of Michigan fans
Shelves: 2008-books
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I received an undergraduate degree from UM ('87) as well as my Masters ('06). I saw Bo Schembechler coach and I remember thinking that he was old school and didn't care who knew it.

When I was a freshman, my mother forced me to buy season football tickets, so I slogged to almost every game that year and sat in the student section. This was about the time the wave was becoming popular and let me tell you, when 100,000+ people start screaming i
I could easily give this book five stars - I really do love it! Yet it is a tad simplistic but leaving out the technical in a book that was really meant for the business world is not a bad thing. "Bo's Lasting Lessons" was really the documented culmination of all that Bo learned and taught when it came to mentoring and coaching at the University of Michigan, including his stints as UM athletic director and president of the Detroit Tigers. This book came about because the author, John Bacon, was ...more
Great values to live by, and some entertaining anecdotes about Michigan football. I probably rated the book a little high, but c'mon, it's Bo Schembechler and Michigan Football. During the UM coaching search in early 2011, I thought that the media emphasis on the importance of finding a 'Michigan Man' was overblown. Then I read this:

In 1985, . . . we'd had such a good season, with such a good feeling in that locker room, that our quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, was nervous that maybe the team wouldn'
John Schreiner
A great leadership book and wonderful tribute to a great man

Bo says at the beginning of this book that nothing within will be revolutionary, and that was accurate. His insight into leadership was simple and attainable, yet specific and clear enough to be useful. As a Michigan fan, I loved all of the examples and stories, and as a leader I walked away with a renewed vigor. Great book.
Scott Malik
Great read

I didn't know much about Bo Schembechler prior to read this book. By reading this book I learned a lot about Bo and life in general. I look forward to reading more about Bo Schembechler. Go blue.
What a wonderful read! Such a simplistic way of conveying fundamentals of leadership. I felt like I was watching a documentary at the same time and it was so incredible to learn more about this man. I realize now I knew very little about him when I attended his memorial in the Big House in 2006.
Jan 24, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: michgan football fans
Shelves: sports
I grew up watching Michigan football. It's cool seeing Bo's perspective on many issues related to leadership. I really enjoyed his stories about old players/coaches. I actually recognized a few names and situations from the mid 80s. This was a pivotal time in developing my "fan-dom", my "sports puberty" if you will... I found it very interesting to read about the method to his madness. I always thought he was just a fiesty old fooball coach. As a Michigan football fanatic this is a must read! Ba ...more
Who better to take leadership advice from than the man that ran U of M football for over 20 years. Bo talks more about leadership and how to lead than Michigan Football. The stories cover the team but the principles could be applied to any team. That was the point of the book I believe. Very few people will lead football programs but use the advice given in this book and your team will be successful in any area. A good read for any person with leadership responsibilities and for a Michigan fan t ...more
The field of "inspirational" literature is a crowded one, with anyone who has even flirted with fame offering their slant on the path to success. This slim book stands out in that crowd! Mr. Bacon has captured the voice and the essence of Glenn "Bo" Schembechler, the legendary Michigan football coach.

Bo was an honest and ethical man, with a straight-forward approach to life. These "lasting lessons" should be must reading for anyone who would choose to lead other people in any venture; business,
Derek Bycraft
Have you ever heard Bo Schembechler talk? Did you ever have a personal conversation with him? Chances are, the second one never happened. This book allows it to happen. The entire time reading this book I was either smiling, laughing, crying, and even saying things to the pages as if Bo were speaking directly to me. His ideas presented are definitely old school, roughneck coaching things, but they still apply to many people today. I loved reading this book and never wanted to end it so I could k ...more
WOW! Anyone interested in the history of UM, a football fan, or just someone who wants to be inspired needs to read this book! Everyone needs a Bo Schembechler in their life to make them reach far beyond what's imaginable. As much as you think this book is about football, it's not, it's about so much more. The ability to touch so many peoples lives makes you stop and think about what it is that you as a person is doing to better yourself and the ones around you! Kudos to Bo!
I read this right when I moved to Michigan, as it is a great history of our football program and probably THE most famous football coach for Michigan, Bo Schembechler. Regardless of being a Michigan fan or not it is a great book on coaching, recruiting, motivation, and leadership in general; and all the other pieces that make a great team! So worth it!

We are preparing for our Conference Tournament so I thought I'd get pumped up by Bo!
What an amazing leader! One of my top reads of the year!
I truly wanted to like this book because of my deep admiration for Bo as a coach and a leader. However I found that most of the "lessons" put forward were simply common sense - 288 pages worth. That, coupled with the fact that the book is just not very well-written, and I couldn't give it more than an "okay" rating.
You can almost hear Bo's voice as you read through each page. While this book definitely talks about football, it's centered around leadership and what makes a good leader. It also gave some insight to the history of Michigan football as an organizational whole and why some things are done the way they are.
I was probably going to like this book, no matter what. Bo Schembechler was an icon in my household, and I never get tired of hearing stories from his coaching days at Michigan. Reading this, I could hear Bo narrating in my mind.

I just wish my dad had been able to read this book. He'd have loved it.
Excellent! Well, excellent if you are a Michigan Football fan. Bo tells great stories, and he ties in his views on leadership to each one. The basic leadership qualities and values that he teaches can be taken to all areas of life, not just football, and he makes great strides to show that.
Nathan Jones
a good read, if you can adapt to the conversational tone of coach schembechler. it's best if you've seen interviews of him and can visualize the text being performed.

has some great leadership lessons, especially if you're a football fan.
Steven Rowe
Fantastic book! A must for any Michigan football fan but also amazing reading for anybody who has to manage people. Bo's approach to his team can be applied to any situation where goals need to be set and people need to be managed.
Oct 13, 2009 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: U of M fans
Shelves: listened
10/12/09 - I picked this up from a friend. I went to MSU, but I was a fan of Bo from a very early age. I look forward to listening to this.

10/13/09 - Bo was a great coach and a great motivator!
Michael Hard
Made me wish I knew more about this man while he was alive. I can see what is meant by being a "Michigan Man" now, and I can appreciate the lessons he left with quite an incredible array of players.
Lauren Skop
Being a UofM football fan, I really enjoyed reading Bo's book. But, I think non UofM football fans would enjoy this book because it teaches how to be a leader!
Leadership lessons from the Great Bo himself! Not just for football fans, but for anyone who leads people, whether military or civilian, day in and day out.
Kate Tobiczyk
I have to give this book 5 tells the greatest story ever told....the story of my dad making it big in michigan football. He is the Man.
a must read for any bo schembechler fan. this books reads as if he were speaking to you and is a quick read.
this is the way to leave a legacy...not so much of the games he won, but lives of people whom he touched.
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