You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
NFL head coach Mike Smith led 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 mind-set, 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, a 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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|Listening Length||3 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||Jon Gordon, Mike Smith|
|Narrator||Jon Gordon, Mike Smith|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 07, 2016|
|Publisher||Gildan Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,614 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2015
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Instead I found myself embracing the principles for myself. These 7 principles will work anywhere in life where one is willing to make the application.
The book is co-authored by Mike Smith, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Jon Gordon, a bestselling author and motivational speaker. The book bounces between the two – one offering his experience in the sports arena, the other applying the same wisdom to business and life.
This book is easy to read, whether or not you coach or even have sports knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed all Mike Smith shared, finding him to admit his mistakes humbly. His stories were inspirational and will be valuable to those coaching as he fully understands the dynamics of unity in a team. And yes, I did find myself texting quotes to my son as I wanted him to glean from every principle as he began his new journey.
“As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions. You must do what you say and say what you do.” (Mike Smith)
“Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits. Habits drive the future.” (Jon Gordon)
“Every team has the same goals. So it’s not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process, one game at a time, that will define your season.” (Mike Smith)
“Focus on the journey, not the destination.” (Mike Smith)
“Leadership is a transfer of purpose, passion, optimism, and belief.”
“A coach can give the team the gift of belief or the curse of doubt.”
“Complaining is toxic to the team and locker room.” (Mike Smith)
“Don’t change with the wind; instead, be like a strong-rooted tree that does not waver, regardless of what is happening around it. Be the kind of leader everyone knows they can trust and count on.” (Jon Gordon)
“Complacency is a disease.” (Mike Smith)
“Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.” (Mike Smith)
There were many thoughts which I found applicable for varied experiences in life – coaching, business, parenting, and mentoring. It is a book for everyone, for truly we are all “coaching” someone each day. I would recommend reading this book with a highlighter as there are many points you will want to go back to read again and again.
*** A copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
One of the aspects I really found interesting was how Mike shared not only his successes but he was sincere in sharing where losing sight of certain principles had let him down. I read many books that talk about successes and what to do. It's rare to hear someone being that honest and open about what they should have done differently. As a coach, sometimes those messages are as, if not more, valuable as lessons to focus on than some of the other ideas.
Admittedly, this book falls into line with my own coaching philosophy in many ways. While some of the message was common sense, there were some new ways of looking at things that I really resonated with and I'll be making plans to add to our program. There were some ideas that were new and it's always an excellent reminder to focus on the things we can control. There is most definitely a big emphasis on developing the person behind the athlete, the real value of being a coach and the impact we can, and that focusing on the process is the best way to earn long-term success.
It's a quick read and full of so many nuggets of wisdom. Highly recommended to anyone who aspires to have an impact as a leader in any field, not just sports.
like all things, culture needs attention and nurturing. Great things eventually become taken for granted. What i loved most about Locker Room is Mike Smith's parts (sorry Jon, you know we love you!!) - his insights in arriving at the Falcons and identifying a tremendous cultural need, implementing Energy Bus training for everyone who touched the organization and this delivering great success were immediately relatable to me. What is most valuable are his insights in what happens when you stop following those rules (or the 7 C's, in this case) - they went from league champions to back to back losing seasons because they'd forgotten their culture and lost their way.
we are now in process of developing a Locker Room training program for our 100+ employees that is rolling out next month. Jon's books are invaluable but i find this one even moreso thanks in large part to Mike's real-life experiences. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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What I liked the most was about how important the team is and the culture it holds to winning than the talent itself.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has the responsibility to lead a group of people towards a goal and would like to learn how to have a better chance of achieving it.