You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life

You Win in the Locker Room First The C s to Build a Winning Team in Business Sports and Life NFL head coach Mike Smith lead one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history In the season prior to his arrival in the Atlanta Falcons had a record and the franchise had never befor

  • Title: You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life
  • Author: Jon Gordon Mike Smith
  • ISBN: 9781119157854
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NFL head coach Mike Smith lead one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history In the season prior to his arrival in 2008, the Atlanta Falcons had a 4 12 record and the franchise had never before achieved back to back winning seasons Under Smith s leadership, the Falcons earned an 11 5 record in his first season and would go on to become perennial playoff and SuperNFL head coach Mike Smith lead one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history In the season prior to his arrival in 2008, the Atlanta Falcons had a 4 12 record and the franchise had never before achieved back to back winning seasons Under Smith s leadership, the Falcons earned an 11 5 record in his first season and would go on to become perennial playoff and Super Bowl contenders earning Smith AP Coach of year in 2008 and voted Coach of Year by his peers in 2008, 2010 and 2012.You Win in the Locker Room First draws on the extraordinary experiences of Coach Mike Smith and Jon Gordon consultant to numerous college and professional teams to explore the seven powerful principles that any business, school, organization, or sports team can adopt to revitalize their organization.Step by step, the authors outline a strategy for building a thriving organization and provide a practical framework that give leaders the tools they need to create a great culture, lead with the right mindset, create strong relationships, improve teamwork, execute at a higher level, and avoid the pitfalls that sabotage far too many leaders and organizations.In addition to sharing what went right with the Falcons, Smith also transparently shares what went wrong his last two seasons and provides invaluable lessons leaders can take away from his victories, success, failures and mistakes.Whether it s an executive leadership team of a Fortune 500 company, a sports team, an emergency room team, military team, or a school team successful leaders coach their team and develop, mentor, encourage, and guide them This not only improves the team, it improves the leaders and their relationships, connections, and organization.You Win in the Locker Room First offers a rare behind the scenes look at one of the most pressure packed leadership jobs on the planet and what leaders can learn from these experiences in order to build their own winning team.

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    1. Solid read on Leadership This book follows a similar format to the Hard Hat. It was short and easy to read. My only issue with the book is that it will not wow you in terms of material. With so many sports leadership books out there, this does not stand out.

    2. John has picked this book to do a presentation on leadership. I really liked the book and the information is spot on about leadership.Great read!!

    3. The world needs better coaches, and I'm not talking just for sports. The coaching mindset of helping others, of believing in others, and even dedicating their lives helping others pursue their goals, is lacking in our current society. This book highlights the need for winning the locker room as a coach in sports, business, and other organizational settings.If you read leadership books, aspire to be a better leader, are a coach, or find yourself wanted to get more of the people with which you int [...]

    4. A short, to the point book on leadership written by former NFL Head Coach Mike Smith and Leadership guru Jon Gordon. Smith and Gordon guide the reader through the core areas they focus on as leaders, with various examples from Smith's NFL past and Gordon's business consulting. A lot of the advice is similar to what you'll find in other books, but the passion with which Smith speaks about his players and his goal to shape them as men rather than just on the field players would make anyone ready t [...]

    5. I think that this book has really shown me what a true leader is. Throughout this book, Gordon Smith talks about what a leader really does instead of just a follower. What surprised me about this book is that he talks about his life and his job in the NFL and he told us exactly what he did in real life as he did in the book. Gordon Smith really goes into depth about the 7 C's to build a winning team in Business, Sports, and Life. My take away from this book would be to think about how I can inco [...]

    6. A book for everyone who wants to lead a team and develop people. Succinct, with multiple examples and stories. A quick read that is easy to digest and will give you the essentials needed to develop a team that delivers results. Note implementing the suggestions is always harder than just reading about it. People are complex and have different situations. The information in the book is a solid foundations to align your behaviours around. If you truly care and are committed to developing the best [...]

    7. I feel as though this is a must read for anyone who is a leader or coach of a team. The book reinforces several leadership concepts and also discusses some that are new to me. I enjoyed the dual perspectives of both Jon Gordon and Mike Smith. The discussion of each topic was very easy to understand and while I read I found myself thinking about how I would incorporate this into my work place. One of the most valuable pieces of this book for me is the last few pages: the action plan of the 7 c’ [...]

    8. I found this book helpful. I like the coaching/leadership philosophies of the authors with include always putting the team before yourself as an individual player, staying positive, and trusting the process. It's a good refresher on how to be a good leader to any team and helps you stay aware of these principles at all times.

    9. Solid book with great little nuggets of truth. We use a few of the principles found inside when we speak of culture in our church staff meetings. I recommend this book for those that want to grow as a team of team leaders.

    10. Not my favorite book by Jon Gordon, but he always has a way of putting things into perspective. This book has motivated me to become better for the kids I coach, and a better partner in the office.

    11. Fantastic read about laying the foundation for building a winning culture in your sports/family/team/business setting. Jon Gordon strikes again!

    12. The concepts were good, but I'm not a fan of football, so it was difficult for me to read through all of the football-related anecdotes.

    13. Great readI thought this was a great read. Highly recommend it to anyone that wants to be a great leader and coach.

    14. Humbly written and impactful (full of (obvious) sports references.A great self-check as to how you are leading and contributing at a team.

    15. This book is a description of the steps needed to create team spirit in sports. This goal, to take to create a high performance team and the pitfalls involved, is what makes it a heartfelt work. The authenticity of anecdotal situations from the locker rooms and a combined experience of a series of sports coaches bring the value to the read. On the other hand technical sports terms may not be easy to grasp for the everyday geek.

    16. Great book on leadership. Really liked the sports angle because of my coaching background. The real life experiences by Mike Smith were a great way to relate and bring home the message. Big ideas:1) Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behavior. Behavior drives habits2) Everyone creates your culture3) As a leader it is important that your actions equal your words. It is imperative that you go through a self evaluation on the daily basis to make sure your action [...]

    17. This book is amazing. This book has taught me a lot. I have a long way to go but I am following the right direction. I would recommend this book to all the athletes out there. If you do not know about sports this is not the book for you.

    18. My son had been coaching high school girls’ basketball for several years when the opportunity to coach a college team was offered. So when the opportunity came to read You Win in the Locker Room First, The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life by Mike Smith and Jon Gordon, I decided I would take it. I wanted to understand all I could about coaches and coaching successfully.Instead I found myself embracing the principles for myself. These 7 principles will work anywhere [...]

    19. I really enjoyed the team writing - Jon's thoughts and then Mike's examples and I liked the honest assessment of what worked, what didn't, how they built it up (Falcons) and how it slipped when focus was lost a bit.

    20. I read this book because I have read other of Jon Gordon's books based upon the recommendation of our CIO. Those all seemed to have good points, but I was struggling with the implementation of the points contained therein.This book brought it all home with the 7 C's. Many of them I will use a manager of a team, like Commitment, Care, etc.The one that really stood out is Culture. I've heard about culture this, culture that forever, but it never seems to take when we have that type of initiative. [...]

    21. Good but a little to idealisticI love Jon Gordon's positive outtake on everything a and reading about Mike Smith was enjoyable, but while the principles are rock solid the application is less so. Just because you care about someone doesn't mean they're going to buy into your culture. You can communicate till you're blue in the face and people still ignore it. Leaders are the most committed people in each organization and they struggle each day to get basic buy in to get people to do their jobs a [...]

    22. Excellent advice for building a strong culture at work or on the field. I hope to be able to implement most of the ideas at work!My only problem with this book was using Ray Rice as an example of good leadership. Someone who commits third-degree assault by knocking his girlfriend unconscious is not a leader, regardless of his accomplishments on the field. And yes, the book was published long after the assault was made public.

    23. Great ReadThis book was easy to read and even easier to understand. That is valuable in that it delivered a number of strong messages and thoughts without confusing the reader. Only reason I gave it 4 instead of a 5 is because it was so strongly sports themed that I think at times it didn't completely apply to some other real world situations. Read this book if you want to grow as a leader or an individual.

    24. No disappointmentVery good book. I really enjoyed Mike Smiths views along with Gordon's outlook on things. I would have liked to see more examples of implementation, but you can and should have enough information to come up with your own. Definitely recommend, it's quick and easy read.

    25. Great book about how to lead for those who are in the sports world. Even if you are not a coach the leadership principles discussed in the book are universal to any company or organization. Jon Gordon partners with Coach Mike Smith to deliver insights on their greatest leadership successes and failures.

    26. As a teacher/coach it is good to be reminded of what is needed from me on a daily basis to help develop those under my direction to become the best they can be vs. just winning. What is done off the court or field is far more important than what happens during the games.All of this leads to the Big C which is character.

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