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Developing a Consistently Successful Football Program


Posted by admin June - 12 - 2015 - Friday

Wellllllllllllll…. it’s been a battle but I’m finally back up and running! I had major problems with my host (for the 3rd year in a row) so I dumped them for a new host. It’s taken longer than I thought to transfer my domain name to a new server! Gulp! But we’re up and running now. I’ll get back to my normal schedule of trying to post every Tuesday.

I want to bring everyone’s attention to a book I’m just finishing up. If you’re a football coach, salesman, manager or business owner… you need to read this little book! It’s just 100 pages long but it is chocked full of pertinent information if you are in a competitive situation with your job! It’s entitled Warfighing by General A. M. Gray— former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In the Foreword, it says that “Like other books which were written as guides for military officers, Warfightingcan be put to use by people in all fields.” It goes on to say, “Replace the word ‘combat’ with competition, ‘officer’ with manager, ‘soldier’ with front-line worker or player, ‘enemy’ with rival, and Warfighting becomes a remarkably trenchant management handbook.”

Warfighting shows how to use the Marines’ strategies of “maneuver warfare” to manage your way to victory. The Marines have mastered the tactics that manipulate and control the basic elements of conflict (on the battlefield or on the football field!)— speed, surprise, disorder, intuition and confusion— to throw an opponent into disarray and subsequent defeat.

I love the closing statement where it says “Warfighting inspires leaders who understand that “courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to overcome it.” When high school football players take the field on Friday night or Saturday afternoon…. if you have, as their coach, taught them how to overcome their fears, you are helping your players to mature as young men— but you’re also helping your team be more successful during the game.

I highly recommend this powerful little book to you!!!

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