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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 Super 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 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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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 Super 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 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick Marcello

    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. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The book is set up like a lecture or motivational speech where you get the perspective of Mike Smith (former NFL coach) and Jon Gordon (leadership expert) going back and forth as though they were on stage. It is an easy read that provides two perspectives as they guide you through the 7 C’s to building a winning team. Of note there is a section regarding Murphy’s law. In the book they reframe the concept of things going wrong and how to prepare emotionally and mentally to handle these undeniable The book is set up like a lecture or motivational speech where you get the perspective of Mike Smith (former NFL coach) and Jon Gordon (leadership expert) going back and forth as though they were on stage. It is an easy read that provides two perspectives as they guide you through the 7 C’s to building a winning team. Of note there is a section regarding Murphy’s law. In the book they reframe the concept of things going wrong and how to prepare emotionally and mentally to handle these undeniable roadblocks. This was a reading assignment from my boss and I believe it was his way of communicating to us how he operates and how he forms his expectations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Logan Thune

    Not a huge fan of books like this (read it for work), but this one was pretty good—and I’m pretty sure Scott Frost has read this book, so....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    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 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 to suit up. I listened to the audio, and I think I would have preferred to read a physical version. First, because I would appreciate having the book to refer back to now and then, and second, because at times the performance from the two men was a little flat. Book itself gets 4 stars, performance gets 2.5-3. Recommended for anyone looking for leadership/management advice or anyone interested in learning how a top-level NFL coach motivates his players. (Also recommended for any PMPs who are football fans and need to gain PDUs to maintain certification...)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    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!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Morton

    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 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 interact, then this would be a good book to read. The book is certainly not perfect. The sports analogies brought the lessons into the real works, to lessons I could directly understand and even visualize. However, some readers don't have the sports background to appreciate this book. If so, read another book. My main gripe with this book is that the authors often drawing large conclusions from seemingly isolated events (both good and bad outcomes). Yet, overall it was a quick read with some valuable insight. The book will go in my shelf of books to give to other leaders that are looking for a book to inspire themselves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave Hutcheson

    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 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 team possible, and if you embrace and live these principles with your team then your team will succeed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arynn

    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’s. 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’s. This book is going to be a great resource for me while building my business team as well as the team I work with in the office.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    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 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 incorporate this into my life. What can I do to show how I can become a better leader for my team to really step up for others who cant.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blake A

    Cliche leadership principles The book isn’t bad but it’s pretty generalized. It feels like a quick surface level summary of every other leadership book you’ve ever read. However, I like the author’s positive style of leadership and there are still some good nuggets to take from it. The best “C’s” to me were about communication and connecting with your teams. One of my takeaways is the difference between pressure and stress. Put pressure to perform in the areas you can control (lead measures like Cliche leadership principles The book isn’t bad but it’s pretty generalized. It feels like a quick surface level summary of every other leadership book you’ve ever read. However, I like the author’s positive style of leadership and there are still some good nuggets to take from it. The best “C’s” to me were about communication and connecting with your teams. One of my takeaways is the difference between pressure and stress. Put pressure to perform in the areas you can control (lead measures like work ethic, effort, disciplines, etc). Stress comes from putting pressure on the things you can’t control (lag measures like winning, numbers).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liang Gang Yu

    This book is a concise summary of sportsmanship and leadership principles from a renown NFL coach Mike Smith. 7 "C" principles guiding the off-court activities, starting from Locker Room, are critical to the success of sport teams, as well as business and life. The core ideas are well supported by example; however, the book might not wow you as many reads on the topic are out there. Overall, the book serves as a review of familiar principles of building lasting successful teams; yet, it fails to This book is a concise summary of sportsmanship and leadership principles from a renown NFL coach Mike Smith. 7 "C" principles guiding the off-court activities, starting from Locker Room, are critical to the success of sport teams, as well as business and life. The core ideas are well supported by example; however, the book might not wow you as many reads on the topic are out there. Overall, the book serves as a review of familiar principles of building lasting successful teams; yet, it fails to break the perception that successes are pretty much alike.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Johnson

    I happened to listen to two of Jon Gordon's audiobooks (The Energy Bus and The Training Room) on a long road trip followed by reading this book. It was a lot of Gordon in a few days! He writes in fables, and I often rolled my eyes at times with the childish metaphors. You Win in the Locker Room First veered away from the fables and metaphors and used examples -- mostly from the NFL, which makes sense. I earmarked a few pages throughout of stuff to remember and bring to my own team. While I do no I happened to listen to two of Jon Gordon's audiobooks (The Energy Bus and The Training Room) on a long road trip followed by reading this book. It was a lot of Gordon in a few days! He writes in fables, and I often rolled my eyes at times with the childish metaphors. You Win in the Locker Room First veered away from the fables and metaphors and used examples -- mostly from the NFL, which makes sense. I earmarked a few pages throughout of stuff to remember and bring to my own team. While I do not coach athletes, I do coach speech students and many of the ideas throughout are useful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Coach Mike Smith teams up with Jon Gordon to share what it takes to build a winning team. With 7 years experience as a head coach in the NFL Coach Smith has learned through both triumph and failures. Looking over his tenure with the Falcons, Smith teaches the importance of building a strong culture, how to maintain it and the pitfalls of neglecting it. Jon Gordon joins in the discussion by sharing conversations he had with other successful coaches. All of this information comes together for a bo Coach Mike Smith teams up with Jon Gordon to share what it takes to build a winning team. With 7 years experience as a head coach in the NFL Coach Smith has learned through both triumph and failures. Looking over his tenure with the Falcons, Smith teaches the importance of building a strong culture, how to maintain it and the pitfalls of neglecting it. Jon Gordon joins in the discussion by sharing conversations he had with other successful coaches. All of this information comes together for a book that is helpful to both coaches/leaders and those who are part of any type of team.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim Genry

    I'm re-reading this and taking notes because it was so inspiring to me. This book is both instructional and motivational and deals mainly with leadership of yourself and others. I appreciate Jon and Mike collaborating on this project. Sharing their wisdom on winning in life is something many of us need because what limits us - the pressure from outside or inside forces - can be controlled or even eliminated. I'm re-reading this and taking notes because it was so inspiring to me. This book is both instructional and motivational and deals mainly with leadership of yourself and others. I appreciate Jon and Mike collaborating on this project. Sharing their wisdom on winning in life is something many of us need because what limits us - the pressure from outside or inside forces - can be controlled or even eliminated.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Winkler

    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. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jared Adams

    Excellent read! Great insight on leadership, building a winning team, and establishing a winning culture. Each C provides excellent examples and highlights how to apply it to your own team and/or organization. Highly recommend this for any coach, manager or anyone looking to improve.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Schmitty

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marklandman

    Good read, easy and short but contains some really good pointers. Did this as part of a coaches book study, and it generated some really good conversation about culture, communication and how to engage team members as well as parents and others involved in the team.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Concise While this book does not really have any "Aha" moments, it does a really nice job of putting tried and true strategies in a concise and easy to digest book. Another solid Jon Gordon performance! Concise While this book does not really have any "Aha" moments, it does a really nice job of putting tried and true strategies in a concise and easy to digest book. Another solid Jon Gordon performance!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    As someone who is totally indifferent to sports, this book was tolerable to read. I basically glossed over the sports metaphors. There's good stuff here. So even if you don't like sports, it's worth a read. As someone who is totally indifferent to sports, this book was tolerable to read. I basically glossed over the sports metaphors. There's good stuff here. So even if you don't like sports, it's worth a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mobolaji Olagbemiro

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A must-read book on good team leadership for every leader. There is a while lot to learn from Sports that is applicable to every other aspect of life and industry. Easy to read and/or listen to with a lot of interesting but true stories to illustrate and inspire readers. A worthwhile read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori Unemori

    Excellent read. Love the 7 Cs to contribute to a winning team and creating a winning team. I don’t have a team yet but I’d love to use this for my team. But first I need to be that great leader that is a winner.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I think I would have ranked this higher if I hadn’t already read another one of Jon Gordon’s books. He repeats himself a lot. I have also read books by Wooden in the same subject which I liked better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pierre-Luc Jetté

    If you want to build a great culture from the ground, this book will give you the tools to make it happen . I was really impressed on how Mike Smith, former NFL coach, had transformed a losing culture to a winning one in a short period of time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ben

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

  26. 5 out of 5

    Will Parker

    I enjoyed the focus on building a team

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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. 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason Heinritz

    Every leader of a team needs to read this book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Justin R. Weston

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

  30. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    Jon writes in a way that keeps you moving forward easily. Perfect for a new coach.

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