Bo’s lasting lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership. – Bo Schembechler  and John Bacon.

I am not exactly a sports enthusiast but I happen to hang out with one and it seems sports enthusiasm can be infectious; especially if you are at Michigan. So surprisingly myself, I picked this book where legendary football coach Bo talks about what it takes to be a leader.

Hearing Bo talk about Michigan football tradition I must say puts things in perspective for me about the passion my fellow wolverines feel for Michigan football. Being a foreigner with just a passing interest in sports, I hope I can be forgiven for taking four long years to get to understand this!

In this book Bo talks about essential qualities for a leader by exemplifying them with his own career as the head coach of Michigan football team. His passion, his discipline, his integrity, his emphasis on execution before innovation and most importantly his keen interest in all -round development of his players speaks volumes about how great a mentor he was. Some of his lines that will stay with me:

“Early is on time and on time is late”

“Those who stay will be champions”

I still don’t claim to understand the ins and outs of football but I can’t wait for our first game now! Go blue!

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy read (especially after a crazy day with work, it becomes difficult to motivate reading and ease of reading is much appreciated) but still so full of new perspectives for me. Its very impressive in my opinion to have the patience to rethink well-accepted dogmas and the author precisely does that.

He talks about how well-accepted advantages are not necessarily so and how well-accepted disadvantages are not necessarily bad. I particularly like how he weaves a single coherent message using such varied examples like lower class sizes, big armies, attending better ranked universities, dyslexia, civil rights movement in Birmingham and so on. His reminder on understanding the limits of power is I think a good read for world leaders.

I am guessing the one thing this book will make you do is, the next time you think you have a disadvantage, you will rethink!