Pittsburgh Steelers' Art Rooney II Praises Gridiron Leadership in Book Foreword

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Praeger Publishers releases Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics endorsed by General Raymond T. Odierno, Sergeant Major of the Army and others. Gridiron Leaership uses real moments from the worlds on professional and college football to expertly communicate and teach the craft of leadership.

better than about any other book I've read

Praeger Publishers is proud to announce the release of Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics with Foreword by Art Rooney, President of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In what Art Rooney II calls "better than about any other book I've read," Gridiron Leadership uses real moments from the worlds of professional and college football to expertly communicate and teach the craft of leadership.

General Raymond T. Odierno, Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, delivers the essence of Gridiron when he remarks that "playing sports forges important leadership qualities, beginning with selflessness, discipline, adaptability, teamwork, and perseverance." Drawing on the collective decades of experience of its authors and the training course, "Gridiron Leadership," developed by co-author Scott Griffith, it covers the full range of modern organizational issues, including team building, human resource management, crisis leadership, ethical leadership, strategic decision-making, and organizational change.

A pioneering look at both leadership and football, the authors Offstein, Morwick, and Griffith compel us all to reevaluate the way we approach both leadership and sports. Using the common thread of sports, in general, and football, in particular, Gridiron reinforces the fact that football is first and foremost about great leadership and expert management. Using evocative football metaphors and true-to-life football and organizational stories, Gridiron cleverly shows that the secrets of success in football are the same regardless of the organizational context. Told with the urgency of a two minute drill, Gridiron coaches the reader on how to build cohesive teams, seamlessly execute, and enjoy top performance.

Ultimately, Gridiron Leadership is the playbook for today's leaders. Also endorsing Gridiron Leadership is the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Chancellor Brit Kirwan praises Gridiron for "exploring the extent to which attributes that lead to success in sports--motivation, team work, discipline, preparation, and adaptability, goal setting--are common to leaders in all fields. Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth Preston, spotlights the crowning achievement of Gridiron by remarking "the beauty of this book is the applicability of the lessons learned to any sport, military organization, business unit, corporation, or civic group."

In conjunction with the launch of the book, Offstein, Morwick, and Griffith are featuring and spreading this notion of leadership-thru-sports at book signings along with academic, corporate, and not-for-profit speaking engagements and training workshops.

Written by two West Point grads and Army veterans along with a decorated police officer, information regarding Dr. Evan H. Offstein, Jay Morwick, Scott Griffith, Gridiron Leadership, or the Gridiron Leadership Training Program that spurred the book can be found at http://www.gridironleaders.com. Gridiron Leadership (ISBN: 0-313-37817-7) is available through the publisher at http://www.abc-clio.com/imprints (search Gridiron Leadership) or http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

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