Row the Boat
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Row the Boat

A Never-Give-Up Approach to Lead with Enthusiasm and Optimism and Improve Your Team and Culture

Jon Gordon and P.J. FleckWiley • 2021

Keep Rowing

by David Meyer

Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck relates his unique history and the philosophy that sustains him.

University of Minnesota head coach Philip John “P.J.” Fleck, Jr. is a walking testament to the power of character, faith and determination. He defied the odds as a college and professional football player and as a coach. The tragic death of his newborn son led him to develop and promote a lifestyle that emphasizes hope, purpose and selflessness. Fleck grew up battling for recognition and respect. Today, he focuses on helping people achieve intangible k intangibles – courage, enthusiasm, tenaciousness and creativity. 

Fleck and co-author Jon Gordon detail how the coach learned to overcome adversity, maintain optimism and succeed in transforming two college football programs, on the field and off. They offer advice on how to lead a fulfilling life, become an effective leader, create an outstanding culture and make the most of your talent, the “unmeasurable force” that expands your natural abilities.

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