The Weekend Read – The Lombardi Rules by Vince Lombardi

Barely 50 pages long, I’m suggesting this book on this weekend to tie in with Super Bowl XLV

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) was an American football coach, in a professional coaching career that lasted 16 years from his start with the New York Giants as offensive co-ordinator 1n 1954 until his death from colon cancer in 1960. His victories are too numerous to mention but they read like the script from a movie, transforming the Green Bay Packers from their worst ever season in 1958 to a 7:5 record in his first year when he was voted coach of the year. The following year his team lost the NFL final but never lost another final under his control.

His team won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 & 1968 and the trophy that the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will play for tonight in Dallas bears his name.

Not known for his weaknesses “The Lombardi Rules” is a must read for anyone who manages others or wants to make themselves the very best they can working within any organisation.

Divided into 26 short “lessons” it makes its points in easily digestible chunks, each piece ending with three highly relevant tips. From the start “Ask yourself tough questions” which lays down the importance of self-knowledge, through “Explain the whys” on effective teaching / coaching or whatever one wished to call the passing on of information to the final “Run to win” this book repays repeated reading.

Lombardi who had three constants in his life, sports, family and religion never lost his sense of right and wrong, he believed that you should only win by the rules and that anything else could lead to anarchy with everyone a loser.

You may support the Packers or the Steelers; like me you may be smarting today following Wales losing to England at rugby and England’s cricketers losing the plot following victory in the Ashes series. It’s quite possible you have no time for sports at all, that doesn’t matter this little book will help you to success.

Available from my Amazon book shop here.

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