Earn the Right to Win: How Success in Any Field Starts with Superior Preparation
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A top NFL coach offers leadership advice that applies from the field to the office Tom Coughlin led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories with his unique system of relentless preparation and resilience. He teaches his players that you can never guarantee a win, but you can always earn the right to win-with focus, hard work, and anticipation of obstacles. Now Coughlin shows how his teachings apply beyond the gridiron, illustrating his points with previously untold stories about players like Eli Manning, Doug Flutie, and Michael Strahan. His wisdom can help leaders in any field rev up their own organizations. 'Tom Coughlin challenged us and prepared us to handle anything that was thrown at us ... The lessons I learned from him weren't limited to football. They were applicable to every aspect of my life' -Michael Strahan Tom Coughlin is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Before winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, he coached the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons, leading them to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game. David Fisher is the co-author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers.
training camp, we even make different practice schedules in case the weather changes: If it rains or if rain is forecasted, we will adjust our starting time and practice location. There are days for which we will have three completely different practice schedules depending on the forecast. During the season I break the day into blocks and determine what we will be doing at what time, and then we do it. The schedule isn’t very flexible; most of the time we won’t deviate from it. Throughout the
compiling a detailed statistical analysis of their competition as well as that of their own company. Understanding what those numbers mean, how they can be pushed up, or what it means when they drop down can be the difference between success and failure. There is a tremendous amount of detail in those numbers, and you just have to be smart enough to speak the language. Just about every aspect of the game can be expressed as a number, and that number can be used as a basis of comparison. The
referee John Parry came over to the sideline and asked me if there was anything I wanted to discuss. I said, “John, we’re trying to win a Super Bowl here. You can’t make a holding call like that on Kevin Boothe.” “First of all,” he said. “It wasn’t me. But I’ll go and check it out.” A few plays later he came back. The official who made the call had spoken to the player who supposedly had been held. “He said it wasn’t a good call,” Parry told me. “But he wasn’t going to complain about it,
defensive end . . . At the same time, we had to create an overall culture that would govern everything we did, a philosophy we would live by that would insure that there was a consistency of purpose and action. A philosophy that allowed us to move forward together. The organizational structure is a reflection of the principles, values, and beliefs of the leader, whether it’s the head coach or the CEO. Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh once said, “The greatest responsibility is to provide for the
have to make a commitment to consistency. You have to stick to it, even when things aren’t going right. The road to success has a lot of potholes, and if you changed direction every time you hit one of them, you’d never reach your destination. I brought in Steve Spagnuolo before the 2007 season to be the Giants’ defensive coordinator. This was his first job as a defensive coordinator. Steve had been with the Philadelphia Eagles for eight years, coaching their linebackers and defensive backs, and