Presidents of companies, new grads, even a 47 year old guy who is blessed beyond what he deserves that is me. Courtney lays out the core values that he emphasizes in his teams and his company: character, commitment, civility, service, perseverance, and leadership; and then elaborates on what each one truly means with examples from his own life and the people he's known throughout his career. Plans for a feature film remake are currently in motion. In actuality, this book had hidden gems of insightfulness written in practical language using first hand anecdotes. Book is one of the precious worth that will make you always rich.
Courtney is simply a man who's successfully coached football and built a business on conservative principles, and with his recent notoriety he has a forum to share those ideas with an audience who was curious to know more about them. This could have been a series of short articles for less than half of that, but he apparently had contractual obligations to deliver a 200 page book, so the result is very heavily padded. Bill s passion for us all to reconsider our own approach to life and constantly improve upon it comes across on every page. Courtney has also passed along these values to his 120 employees at the lumber company he built from scratch. Bill writes that if we truly understand grace and forgiveness we want to extend that to others and it is our greatest joy. Whether it is being a coach, business owner, father or husband, Bill boils it all down to the same foundation; leadership by serving. In the end, good messages in the book but it just didn't resonate with me as much as others have.
Instead of one or two brief examples to show the point in action, he'll give 4 or 5 and it's not always 100% clear how they add anything to demonstrate the principle he's trying to show. When Courtney arrived, the Tigers were accustomed to timeworn equipment and a sorry patch of lawn as a practice field. William B Courtney Bill , a native Memphian, founded Classic American Hardwoods, Inc. Everyone faces adversity and if you persevere through the tough times, you will become resilient which will lead to success. In Against the Grain , Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career. Each chapter tells the story of one of these tenets through compelling anecdotes of the colorful characters in Bill's life, leading to a deeper understand of the meaning of each and how to employee these fundamentals in all aspects of one's life. Against the Grain intertwines inspiring and thought-provoking anecdotes, lessons, and amazing real life examples.
This would be a great gift to give to anyone. I believe that makes the message that he is trying to deliver even more powerful, as it shows we all have room for growth in these areas. After debuting to critical acclaim at South by Southwest in 2011, The Weinstein Company won a fierce bidding war to acquire distribution and remake rights to the film. I won this book in the goodreads giveaway. The most disappointing thing, to me, is that Courtney doesn't really spend that much time talking about how to connect with people in the way he does. Focusing on nurturing emotional as well as physical strength, Courtney helped the Tigers find their footing and their confidence. The messages, in both the book and the documentary were good - but nothing you probably haven't read somewhere else.
You can also see how the book entitles Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love and numbers of book collections are providing here. For players and coaches alike, the 2009 season was not only about winning games it was about grappling with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life. For players and coaches alike, the 2009 season was not only about winning games it was about grappling with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life. It challenges us to servant leadership in everyday life based on a foundation of faith and examples of others. Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis had never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game.
The reason for 2 stars is because I believe the current average rating of 4. Genres: Browser Compatibility Our audio books and Chrome aren't playing nicely right now, but we're on it. Bill Courtney is a volunteer football coach and the owner and operator of Classic American Hardwoods, a 45 million lumber company and sitting board member of the prestigious Society of Entrepreneurs. Even then as a fresh college grad his focus was on character. Also, he sacrificed multiple hours for his kids to help out inner city kids and try to be financially stable. In 2013, he was inducted into the prestigious Society of Entrepreneurs as a result of his success in business and community service. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win.
Entitlement is rampant in our society and it is death to the soul. Coach Courtney is a unique coach who understands that his role is not about a trophy, but about developing the next generation of leaders across the globe. That coach was Courtney who also turned an abandoned piece of property into a thriving business. The effectiveness of a leader is best judged by the actions of those he guides. Courtney isn't pretending to give anyone some revolutionary, original new theory to change his life overnight, nor is he pretending to be some Oprah-friendly guru with all the answers. If you're like most readers, you picked this up after watching Undefeated, the documentary of the 2009 Manassas High School football team that Courtney coached against all odds.
It's obvious Coach Courtney cares about people and doesn't hide anything or hold anything back. Focusing on nurturing emotional as well as physical strength, Courtney helped the Tigers find their footing and their confidence. Of course, t Pretty let down with this book. By visiting this page, you have done the right staring point. Service Is Not Someone Else's Job; 5. I want to take advantage of the privileges I have, the knowledge I've gained, the grace I've been afforded, and the values I've developed. In Against the Grain, Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career.