February Book Club: The Matheny Manifesto


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A new month means a new book club selection! Our first book for February is The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life (Crown Archetype) by Mike Matheny.

When neighborhood friends begged him to coach their kids’ baseball team, pro-catcher Matheny made the parents promise to not get involved in the game. What started as his statement of rules for the new team turned into a manifesto once it became viral. Matheny shares his philosophy for coaching children in team sports than can be easily translated into other aspects of their (our) lives. More about the book:

   Mike Matheny was just forty-one, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years, people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results. Instead, it’s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a “manifesto.”

The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports−hint: it starts with parents and coaches−and then by offering a hopeful path forward. Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager to explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility.

The Matheny Manifesto by Mike Matheny

Join From Left to Write book club members next week, February 12th as we discuss The Matheny ManifestoThe book releases tomorrow, so you can pre-order your copy today and join us next week!

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