Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer attributes the Buckeyes' National Championship win to more than the fundamentals of football. His new book "Above the Line, Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season" is well timed as the team defends its national title this season.
As I reported in February, I heard Meyer say the secret to his team's success was leadership training and he described how the team bonded to overcome serious challenges throughout the season.
Meyer hired Focus3, a consulting firm that helps organizations create exceptional results through the development of strong leadership, culture and behavior. Focus3's Tim Kight and Brian Kight provided leadership training for both players and coaches, including Meyer himself. The team built a resilient culture which persevered through a series of difficult challenges, including the loss of their top two quarterbacks.
E + R = O
The players and coaches learned to respond to events in a positive way, or Above the Line. Focus3 uses a formula which teaches "Event + Response = Outcome." None of us have control over events, but we do have control over our responses to events, which will greatly influence the outcome. An above-the-line response is much more likely to produce a positive outcome. As a reminder, the team wore wristbands that read "E + R = O".
Coach Meyer's book is well-timed for football season and is a fascinating read as the Buckeyes defend their national championship title in the fall.