If the game of life ended tonight, would you be a winner? Always changing and adding things. Tressel has learned from many different people, always shares what he learns with his staff. Stresses goal setting with his teams. The task for all coaches is to see the sport in the context of their entire lives.

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Like a lot of Ohio State fans, I was wondering, who is this guy? Up until being hired at Ohio State, Coach Tressel was hidden in obscurity in Youngstown, quietly winning four national titles there while Ohio State football endured the turmoil of the Cooper years.

Seven years after being hired, Coach Tressel is not obscure anymore. To haters, he will always be As an Ohio State graduate and huge football fan, I remember being stunned when Coach Jim Tressel was hired as our football coach in We see the way Coach Tressel cares about his players, how he acts the same whether we win or lose, how he leads a team of kids from diverse backgrounds to act as a team with respect for themselves and others, and it is natural to wonder how he does it.

What makes him such a great leader? In "The Winners Manual," Coach Tressel gives insight into the leadership tools he uses to develop and inspire the Ohio State football team — leadership tools anyone can use to better themselves or others in their lives. The main tool Coach Tressel describes in his book is the "Block O of Life," a step-by-step plan the football team uses to develop as individuals and which we also can use in our own lives.

The Block O of Life carefully separates our purpose, or who we are, from our goals, or what we do. The specific Block O of Life goal sheet which can be downloaded at www. While these may seem trite on the surface, Coach Tressel gives specifics and provides his own meaning for each fundamental, including inspiring quotations and life stories.

For example, for the fundamental on attitude, Coach Tressel expands upon the Voltaire quotation, "Paradise is where I am. Although this is easy to say, it is not easy to live out in real life, but Coach Tressel has in his own life, staying in Division 1-AA when he had the chance to move on to greener pastures: "I tell people all the time that if I were to have coached at Youngstown State for forty years, I would have been as happy as can be.

I was in paradise. Using the Block O of Life and Big Ten Fundamentals, Coach Tressel gives insight into leadership skills he has taught the Ohio State players and skills that each of us can apply in our own lives to become "winners. If I had read this book ten years ago, when I was skeptical and cynical about things like "leadership," it would have been easy to dismiss, but through my life experiences I have seen the impact not only good leaders, but also bad leaders, can have on others.

For each of us, in our everyday lives, we make an impact on others. Good leaders are hard to find, but Coach Tressel is one of them, and for those of us, from managers to teachers to coaches, who want to feel good about ourselves and the contribution we make to others to ultimately achieve that elusive goal of having peace of mind, there is a lot to learn from "The Winners Manual.


The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life



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