The Power of Playing Offense
A Leader's Playbook for Personal and Team Transformation
by Paul Epstein
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 04 May 2021
Paul Epstein, founder of Purpose Labs, successfully steered business teams that executed billion-dollar NFL campaigns, broke Super Bowl revenue records, and generated league-leading sales results for cellar-dwelling NBA clubs. He then served as a consultant for the largest brands in business and sports.
But after experiencing his own personal and career transformation, Epstein embarked on a mission to tackle a crisis of leadership. Now, in The Power of Playing Offense, Epstein invites you to meet him at the 50 and get real about taking a people-first approach that elevates purpose, performance, and impact.
As the “Why Coach” inside the San Francisco 49ers front office, one question kept Epstein up at night: Who is coaching the coaches? He noticed a crucial gap in the development of leaders: they were expected to lead others before they learned to lead themselves. In an effort to fill this gap in the market, Epstein curated this interactive playbook—and its corresponding website WWW.POWEROFPLAYINGOFFENSE.COM—for influencers and leaders like you, with more than 50 activities, tools, and strategies you can implement on Monday morning.
The Power of Playing Offense will help you level up your leadership and transform your team from paycheck driven to purpose driven, from adversity to achievement, from disengaged to inspired, and from success to significance.
The end game: a life and career of fulfillment and impact.
“What makes a great leader? Mountains of books have been written on the traits, skills, and qualities that provide this answer. In my mind, one easily rises to the top: The Power of Playing Offense.” —ERIC YUAN, Founder & CEO, ZOOM Video Communications, wrote the foreword for The Power of Playing Offense
“In both hockey and in business, establishing a winning culture takes commitment and the right plan. In The Power of Playing Offense, Paul Epstein shares one of the most detailed and easy-to-follow leadership playbooks ever developed. I recommend working hard to establish those core values and putting Epstein’s plan to work for your organization. He and his book will help lead to something we all like to be a part of—a championship culture.” —LUC ROBITAILLE, Hockey Hall of Fame Player; three-time Stanley Cup Champion; President, Los Angeles Kings
“Paul Epstein lives with meaning, mission, and motion. His energy is infectious, and his positivity radiates through the pages of this transformational playbook; a playbook to inspire a culture of leadership and get your entire team on the bus toward success—and significance.” —JON GORDON, eight-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, including, The Energy Bus
“I have seen firsthand the grit, passion, and perseverance that Paul Epstein leads with. It’s one thing to achieve success with these qualities, but it’s another to coach these leadership principles to others. In comes The Power of Playing Offense, a playbook to implement in our business and our lives.” —BRIAN LAFEMINA, Chief Business Officer, LA 2028 Olympics; former NFL Executive
“Paul helped Amazon understand the core values at the center of leadership such as Compassion, Character, and Trust.” —OUMAR DIAGNE, Former Amazon Sr. Manager, Honeywell, Sr. Director Global Operations Finance
“In football, the most successful teams develop a plan and take deliberate and consistent steps toward achieving their goals every single day—leadership is no different. Paul has provided the ultimate game plan for leaders that are driven to achieve their vision of success for themselves and their teams.” —MERRILL HOGE, Former NFL Player, Former ESPN Commentator, Bestselling Author
“In The Power of Playing Offense, Paul imparts practical and action-oriented lessons from the trenches of leadership. His people-first approach will resonate with leaders at every level, inspiring both teams and individuals who are determined and driven enough to take on the challenge.” —RICH DIVINEY, retired Navy SEAL Officer, author, speaker
“Talent is the ultimate differentiator—but successful leadership is more than raw talent, it’s the ability to unleash the full potential of that talent in yourself and others. The Power of Playing Offense delivers a tactical blueprint for how to do just that, detailing where the performance of people can be maximized, allowing our superpowers to be on full display.” —GAIL STOLTZE, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AEG
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 2 members
Aside from the cover (which has a font that in my opinion looks a bit too comical) this is a friendly and insightful book. I'm not American and American Football doesn't have a lot of relevance to my life. But Mr Epstein is so relatable, truthful, humble and engaging that it's hard not to keep reading. There's some real leadership insights in here: some like: Salute the Long Snapper are not new but expressed in a way that I will surely remember. I think even those reading this because they do love the game will find some real life insights. I shall look to Be a Storm Chaser too, Paul.