Project Management

PMXPO 2009 Keynote: Fourth and Goal: Making the Tough Calls that Make Leaders Successful

Featuring Bill Cowher

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Every year, as summer fades, 32 organizations kick off the same project with the same goal, but only one can finally achieve it. That's what we call the NFL season, and the ultimate measure of success is that elusive Super Bowl ring. As head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Cowher tackled that project 15 times, and he knows how sweet that success can be. He also knows how long and rocky that road is every season and how defining success can be trickier than it seems. A football season, like any project, can start out with a solid, long-term plan that can change in an instant, and the difference between victory and defeat can come down to a single decision and a couple of inches.

Join us on May 14, 2009, to hear what Coach Cowher has to say about leadership, risk, building a winning team, keeping them motivated through tough times, and answering to the millions of diehard stakeholders known affectionately as "Steeler Nation."

Bill Cowher is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, who in his 15 years helming the Pittsburgh Steelers won eight division titles, earned 10 postseason playoff berths, advanced to six AFC Championship games (winning two) and made two Super Bowl appearances, winning one.

Cowher resigned after 15 seasons as the Steelers'coach on January 5, 2007, just 11 months to the day after winning Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks. "The Chin," as he was affectionately known for his prognathous sideline grimace, joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the Network's NFL studio show, THE NFL TODAY, for the 2007 NFL season.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cowher was born on May 8, 1957. He played linebacker for four years at North Carolina State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1979. Cowher and his wife, Kaye, have three daughters and reside in Raleigh, N.C.

Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:

  • 1992 AP NFL Coach of the Year
  • 1992 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
  • 2004 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
  • Led Steelers to two AFC championships
  • Led Steelers to Super Bowl win: 2006
  • Career regular season record: 149-90-1
  • Career postseason record: 12-9

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