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Above the Line

Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season
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Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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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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  • John Hirsch
  • 14-03-16

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
  • 26-12-15

Urban

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
  • 10-11-15

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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  • Greg Stuck
  • 14-10-19

Loved it!

Coach Meyers is an awesome guy, loved reading this! He is an inspiration to each and everybody he knows

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  • Stephan Wright
  • 31-08-19

Amazing

A must read for leaders, or leaders on the rise. Very motivational, great values, and great perspectives.

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  • Hodriel Family
  • 19-03-19

AMAZING

I absolutely loved this book. It was time well spent. I even bought the book so I could use it as a reference. This book is packed full of great information... I want to use some of the techniques in my supervisor duties.

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  • Steve J
  • 02-12-18

Amazing story of leadership!

What an engaging story to illustrate great leadership in action. I especially loved the recounting of lessons learned. It comes from a place of gratitude and humbleness—great attributes for any leader. If you coach people, whether in the classroom, business, or in sports, you’ll learn a lot from Urban.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-18

this book is a must-read

this book is not only about football, but also a great read about life. definitely a game-changer.

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  • Russ Grow
  • 26-10-18

Great Read!

Love it. Super read and will apply! Anyone who is in leadership should download it.

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  • Kenny
  • 20-10-18

Must Read for All Leaders

Sure, the story is about OSU’s 2014 journey to the national championship, but more importantly, Urban Meyer reveals details and the how-too’s on the leadership skills that made his team so great. If you want to learn to lead, this book is for you. A must read for you.