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Praise for Forged in Steel: The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles Practiced By the Pittsburgh Steelers - by Tunch Ilkin and Damian W. Williams Publishing, LLC, for which Mark Miner also serves as founder and CEO, has produced a limited edition, highly acclaimed and first of its kind book analyzing the core leadership principles that guide the Pittsburgh Steelers.


"[It's] about football and life and come[s] with our heartiest recommendations.... Ilkin knows how to spin a tale... [and] manages to weave some sense of humor and perspective into it.... worth the price." –Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"What a great, inspirational message. Tunch and Damian are both excellent motivational speakers who really connected with our audience. The feedback from the luncheon has been outstanding." –Kelly Szejko, President, National Association of Corporate Directors (Pittsburgh) and Association for Corporate Governance (Pittsburgh)

"Deep into the community, the business world and even family, there are core values... [such as] leadership with a difference, attacking goals with passion, exhibiting mental toughness, embracing and living inspiring standards, always working toward improvement, developing a clear plan for success and displaying humility." –Rex Rutkoski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“…examines 'The Steelers Way' and how you can put it to work for your organization. The book explores the management style that the Pittsburgh Steelers implement to motivate players and staff throughout the organization.” –Bill Flanagan, Our Region’s Business, WPXI-TV and Executive Vice President, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

"Tunch Ilkin and Damian Williams have done a great job of capturing the life changing leadership principles that were modeled and taught to us by the Steelers organization. These timeless values can be applied to any leader regardless of age or occupation." –Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame Cornerback

"You’ll enjoy it. You really will. I hope it sells a zillion copies." –Stan Savran, Savran on Sports, 970 AM ESPN

“It takes a leader to convincingly talk about leadership. Tunch Ilkin does an awesome job with stories and insights to build a bridge between Steeler leadership principles and the leader traits we want to stress and expand on in our own organization. I got some great feedback from the team.” Joe Peilert, President and CEO, VEKA Holdings

"Amazing leadership content with powerful life and business principles. You will come away with a high level of respect for the Steeler organization and be challenged to apply these principles to your own life and business." --Doug Slaybaugh, Partner, Paterson Center and Co-founder, Purpose Driven Organization

"Forged in Steel captures the essence of the Pittsburgh Steelers." --Tony Quatrini, Director of Marketing, Pittsburgh Steelers

"There are a lot of books about leadership, like John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Chuck Noll was a private person after football and didn’t write books. Limited few people in the world had the chance to learn what Chuck taught. Forged in Steel tells a lot of his stories and is a great book for fans.” –Frank Murgia, Craig Wolfley Podcast

"A tremendous how-to leadership book if you’re in any business, or even if you’re a college kid or a kid in high school looking to try to better yourself. It’s worth every penny." –Ron Cook, Vinnie & Cook Show, 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), Pittsburgh

"...insight on the Steelers' unique culture and the principles the franchise practices to field competitive teams year after year." --"Page Turners," Beaver County Times

"It's for leadership, it's for Steelers fans, it ties a lot together, and it's really well done." --Ron Moore, The Journey

"Make sure you look at this book for your Christmas list this year. I’m telling you, it is just outstanding, and every little anecdote, you read one, and you can’t wait to get to the next one, which is really time tested, true to life stuff." –Kathy Emmons, It's the Ride Home Show, WORD-FM

“Forged in Steel is more than just a Steelers book. It is a must-read for not only fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers but also for anyone looking to become a better leader and better person. The beauty of Tunch Ilkin’s book is that it offers three different leadership styles of coaches Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin and it also includes tremendous lessons from ‘The Chief’ and Mr. Rooney. It is crystal clear how Mr. Ilkin made himself into a better player and better man and he is gracious in passing those life-lessons on to others.” –Marc Uhlmann, blog

"A fantastic work, great Steelers stories, really terrific leadership principles." John Hall, It's the Ride Home Show, WORD-FM

"What I love about the Forged in Steel leadership content is that people at all levels of the organization can be inspired and challenged by the principles."
--Doug Fagerstrom, Senior Vice President, Converge Worldwide

"If you’ve ever talked to Tunch for a couple of minutes, you’d like to read what’s going on in his head. Here he is putting it down for you in a book.” –Vinnie Richichi, Vinnie & Cook Show, 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), Pittsburgh





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