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Here's a good one for all you sports-fans. It's a little older- but should still be in circulation.
It's called "Winning With Integrity," by Leigh Steinberg. It's about his life as a sports agent and how he based his career around a strict personal and professional code- while representing some of the biggest names in sports. He was the guy who represented people like Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Drew Bledsoe, and Warren Moon. In fact, Leigh's way of doing buisness was cited as a model for the movie Jerry Maquire.
I found this book amazingly refreshing. For many of us (especially with the NFL lockout and negotiations) there is a jaded feeling surrounding sports agents and their clients. We often view these agents as slimy, degenerate low-lifes who are only interested in getting more money for their clients. BUT with this book it's a very different picture.
Leigh began his career determined to not give into the shady buisness practices he saw going on in the industry. He was one of the first agents who would make his clients participate in the community. A very new practice during his time. Also, he was one of the first agents to encourage his clients to prepare for jobs after they had retired from sports.
While these stories are interesting, there is a more practical aspect to the book. Leigh not only talks about his experiences, but he gives advice to the reader on different topics. Things like integrity, negotiations, and buisness ethics are all covered- each with a unique story and personal note from the author.
If any of you fellow Spill-ios happens to like sports, or even if you just enjoyed Jerry Maquire you will enjoy this book. Like I said, it's amazingly refreshing to hear about a guy who built this incredibly successful career off of honesty and integrity. Contrary to all the bullshit we get in society about "kill or be killed," in buisness.
Hope you enjoy.
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and I'm still trying to get through the Divine Comedy, but... its pretty tough stuff.