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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Jon Gordon; Mike Smith (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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A mission and message for all Coaches

As a high school coach and educator this book synthesizes information from InsideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann, The Positive Coaching Alliance, and 3 Dimensional Coaching. All share a common mission to engage in the lives of young people to be transformational influences.

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Great coaching for business and life

This is one of my new favorites. As a business manager it is helping me refocus on the development of my team which ultimately sustain a high level of performance.

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Amazing book on leadership

Great read for coaches and biz owners. Coach Mike Smith is such a wonderful mentor. I got a lot from this audio book and have recommended it to tons of my football coach friends.

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Great Read for Leaders, Coaches, business owners!

This book lays the foundation for creating a winning culture on your team or business.

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highly recommend for leaders

a great book for all leaders on and off the field of life. great read!!!!

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Inspirational and motivational book for everyone.

This book would be a excellent learning tool for a coach,a manager of a business, or anyone that's a part of a team in sports, work, or just life in general.

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Great book about developing a strong team

This was a very good book about developing leadership and a strong team inside your organization.

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awesome

I loved it and will for sure applying some of these techniques. great way to put and make the message simple and applicable

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Awesome book

As a former athlete and sports writer, I had forgotten how much sports teaches leadership. As a new leader in my organization, this is one of the best books I've read or listened to. I'll listen to it again and again.

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definitely listening a second time :)

this book is loaded with good nuggets of gold for leadership and how it's done

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  • David Sammel
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Good simple messages

I enjoyed this and as a coach who wrote the book Locker Room Power I could identify with most of the messages. The clarity of the 7? "C's" got a touch lost I thought. Cannot remember how many or all of them clearly, but this does not detract from an excellent coaching book.

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  • Rob
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surprised!

great listen, lots of tips, thought processes and ideas I will implement into my club/team

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  • gurubooks
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Masterpiece

Probably one of the best books ever written about teamwork, synergy and successful leadership. Jon Gordon and Mike Smith bring their invaluable experience and share the fundamentals of what make teams great. This book is powerful because of its common sense, simplicity and proven methods. The 7Cs are a great foundation to build or reinforce your team or become a better coach and leader. Thanks Jon and Mike you will really change the lives of many with this masterpiece.