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Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership
(Hachette, 2007)

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Written with the University of Michigan’s Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler, who passed away in November, 2006, Bo’s last book spells out in colorful detail exactly what every leader must know from the beginning of his career to the end.

The book hit The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s Business Best Seller lists, and received strong reviews from Newsweek, The Washington Post, business best seller Tom Peters, and even Warren Buffett, who described it as, “A great book about a great man.”


“Having spent many days with Bo, I can tell you few men inspired others to be their best the way he did. A player once made the same mistake over and over in practice, he admitted, just to hear Bo yell at him. His athletes said they’d follow him to the ends of the earth, but beyond this world, even with his passing, Bo’s words still inspire those who remember him. His voice was that strong. This book is a fine connection to that voice, which embodied, every day, true leadership.”
-Mitch Albom, author and columnist

“In an era of corporate coaches who might as well be accountants, Bo’s throaty growl and gruff but loving style are sorely missed. There is nothing superficial about Bo’s basic philosophy of life and leadership – and his lessons are truly timeless.”
-David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

“Bacon had the great fortune to sit down with Bo and hear story after story, lesson after lesson. Read this book and you’ll feel like you were there. Outstanding!”
-Dan Dierdorf, College and NFL Hall of Famer, NFL on CBS Analyst

“Bo’s persona fairly crackles on the pages of Bacon’s book. Good stuff from a good man who also happened to be a pretty darn good football coach. A classic.”
– Keith Jackson, Hall of Fame Broadcaster, ABC Sports

“Absolutely wonderful. I hear my old friend in these pages, and his advice is just as direct as he was. Read it – and pay attention!”
-Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes

“If you knew Bo personally, this book is a chance to spend one more unforgettable day with him. If you didn’t, you’ll see some sides of him you might have missed from a distance: his humor, his compassion, even – dare I say it – his sensitivity. Make no mistake, though: Bo’s leadership lessons are no-nonsense, straightforward – and incredibly effective.”
-John Robinson, former Head Coach, USC Trojans and LA Rams

Michigan Today Excerpt

Reviews For Bo’s Lasting Lessons
Leadership tomes from successful college coaches are practically a genre unto themselves. Most are as interchangeable in both advice and voice as the slick and mercenary new breed of coaches who operate on today’s college sidelines. But in this collection of life lessons, readers can practically hear the ferocious growl of the legendary University of Michigan football coach who died suddenly last November as the book was being written. Schembechler’s practical, plain-spoken insights on subjects like goal-setting, motivation, execution and maintaining focus under fire come through clearly and without compromise, a fitting last testament from the man who put the “d” in discipline.
-Newsweek, September 17, 2007

“In Bo’s Lasting Lessons, [Schembechler] fairly leaps off the page, offering funny anecdotes amid rules such as “Listen Before You Lead,” “Turn Mistakes Into Momentum” and “Stay Focused Under Fire.”
-Washington Post Book World, November 18, 2007

“It’s wonderful to have Bo Schembechler come to life once again in the terrific stories and words of wisdom contained in the pages of “Bo’s Lasting Lessons.” It’s almost as if he’s prowling the sidelines again on those beautiful Saturday afternoons at Michigan Stadium. Bo came from a different era in U.S. history and American sports, a time period that is well worth revisiting. This insightful book takes you back to that time and place.”
-Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, author of Best Seat in the House.
“I must admit that, though a fanatic football fan, I find that most coaches’ books leave me cold. Not so the recent offering from legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler: Bo’s Lasting Lessons.
-Tom Peters, October 24, 2007

“The book contains no complicated formulas or M.B.A. treatises, but rather commonsense approaches to everything from setting goals and motivating mid-level employees to emphasizing execution and maintaining focus under fire. Along the way, Schembechler shares details from both his professional and personal lives, in which he’s always prepared for anything. Schembechler’s lessons are practical, well-illustrated and based on a solid legacy of determination and hard work.
-Publishers Weekly, September, 2007

“So what can a retired collegiate football coach who has not coached a game since the 1989 season teach us about leadership? Plenty, if you are Bo Schembechler.His lessons are brought to life in vivid stories — some poignant, some funny — that will enlighten every leader’s repertoire. Schembechler who died last November strides across these pages in full form dispensing wisdom that rings true to leaders at every level, most often of those who never set foot on the gridiron. Reading this book may provoke laughter or may be even a tear, but you will come away knowing a bit more about the human condition and what it takes to get things done and done right and the right way.”
-Fast Company, September 14, 2007

“Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler was a man of principle — even when it stood to cost him. “They weren’t sacrifices to me,” Schembechler (1929-2006) wrote in “Bo’s Lasting Lessons,” compiled with John Bacon shortly before Bo’s death. “I got to coach, and that’s all I ever wanted to do.”By CURT SCHLEIER
-Investor’s Business Daily, October 8, 2007

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