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Here It Is : Coaching, leadership and life - Paul Roos

Here It Is

Coaching, leadership and life

By: Paul Roos

Hardcover Published: 28th August 2017
ISBN: 9780143787044
Number Of Pages: 320

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Paul Roos is a leader, a legend, an AFL icon who transcends the game itself.

As a first-rate player, a premiership-winning coach and an in-demand commentator, Roos has achieved extraordinary success on and off the field over more than thirty years in footy. During his 356 games as a player, Roos witnessed first-hand the harsh treatment dished out to players by time-poor, hard-nosed coaches. Roos wondered if there was a better way to nurture talent and empower players to build a champion team. When he finally hung up his footy boots in 1998, Paul walked away from the game with a list of 25 key coaching points that he hoped one day to put into practice. In 2002, he was appointed head coach of the Sydney Swans. In 2005 he led the Swans to their historic drought-breaking premiership victory by following his own coaching and leadership philosophy. In this candid book, Paul not only reveals his 25 coaching tips but also, for the first time, shares the original premiership blueprint he presented to the Swans board in 2002. It was this presentation, with its foundation of positivity and unity, that convinced the Swans to give Roos his first coaching opportunity.

Drawing on his experience from 268 games as a coach, Paul shares his insights about keeping perspective, motivating people and the importance of strong communication skills to achieve results. Paul reveals how he took his original plan and the lessons learned while coaching the Swans to rebuild the Melbourne Demons, a club that was on its knees, when he answered the call to coach. The book also covers infamous incidents from Roos' coaching career, including the stories behind his relationships with hard-headed premiership captain Barry Hall and former AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou. Roos also details the intricate strategies involved in re-shaping all areas of the Melbourne Football Club. Roos is a leader for our times sharing his vision for how empathy and strong relationships can inspire any team to reach for victory - together. Part sporting memoir, part leadership game plan, this book is a masterclass from one of the all-time greats.

Makes it clear why Paul Roos has been a successful leader


As a former Fitzroy supporter, I was always going to be "well-disposed" towards a book written by one my Idols, but "Here It Is" is a superb book about not just how Paul Roos shaped his AFL Coaching Philosophy, it contains many lessons that are applicable to many aspects of professional life. His emphasis on building relationships, and taking the time to get to know the players and teammates that his coaching and administrative staff were going to spend so much time with, clearly has relevance to all manner of businesses, where human capital is a key resource to be managed and utilised effectively. The fact that Roos has employed this approach successfully at two very different clubs is a testament to the strength of such a person-focused approach.



Easiest and most enjoyable book to read ever.


Enjoyed reading this book so much, as I found it a most informative book about coaching football teams to win grand-finals; and even useful I am sure for other team ballgame sports players, coaches, and enthusiasts. Have sent my copy to a young international Fijian rugby player, for his hopeful benefit as a future rugby coach.

Hastings, Victoria, Australia.


I bought the book for my husband who is a fussy reader


A good book to motivate any young person wanting to pursue a sporting career.

Perth, Western Australia



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ISBN: 9780143787044
ISBN-10: 0143787047
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th August 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.3  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1