- Publisher: Business Plus (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044654406X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446544061
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team: How Coach K Unified the NBA's Best to Win the Gold Paperback – 27 May 2010
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Says Coach K: 'In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family...I BELIEVE IN YOU. These four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try.' In his previous bestselling books, Coach K has guided readers to success the way he has guided his teams at Duke University - - with the power of his inspirational words and phenomenal leadership skills. But that was with college kids...Now, Coach K has stepped up to take on an entirely new challenge - by volunteering to coach the US Olympic Basketball team. Comprised of some of the biggest NBA stars, Coach K had to work with huge egos and personalrivalries in order to create an American team that could win against the best competition in the world and restore Team USA to the gold standard of basketball. This is more than a celebratory book - it's Coach K's first-hand account of how he dealt with such stars as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and all the rest to buy into his "total team" play. Half a book on basketball, half a book on management techniques, THE GOLD STANDARD captures Coach K's personal style and approach to getting different (and sometimes difficult) people to work hard and succeed in reaching a common goal.
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Yes it is almost entirely related to basketball and a bit ego-stroking but that is okay. In addition, when Mike Krzyzewski does delve into managerial advice, it is obvious he "knows not of what he speaks". Nevertheless, there are many management lessons that we can take from the book if we will look at the base content. My favorite chapters were:
* Time to understand context
* Time to cultivate leadership
* Time to adapt internally
If a person can forge an entire group of ego-maniacs into a cohesive team, then I am willing to listen and hopefully learn.
For those who like relating sports to business, I would suggest reading Phil Jackson's book, Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior There is a certain Zen flakiness to it but then again we are looking for those nuggets.
I hope you find this review helpful
Michael L. Gooch, SPHR - Author of
Wingtips with Spurs
There is a short episode about Colonel Brown and a few soldiers he brought to talk to the Olympic team. Injured soldiers. Heroes.
This was remarkable. Just remarkable.
The book was well written and interesting, but the inner story about the soldiers and this Colonel was incredible.
It shows Coach K's humanity and his kindness, and it shows the courage that these soldiers live with every day.
Well worth the time.
As a teacher, I found this book to be informative about team-building, bringing people together to achieve a common goal.
A great read!