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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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Develop team culture

Mike Smith and John Gordon do a great job in teaching you the insides of building a team with culture unity and common goals and interests. Very enjoyable and a great learning opportunity in this book. I recommend it highly to any coach, Manager or leader who wants to improve his team, business or group.

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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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Solid basic fundamental material – delivered extraordinarily.

Just got done with my fifth listen. Making big changes in my family life because of it. Life is getting simpler and how to make a difference is becoming more clear. I love this empowering book and the way it is delivered by these two wonderful men.

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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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Every coach must read

What great job on the reminders of the responsibilities we have a coaches. Not just sport coaches, but any of life’s mentors.

I already know this will be a book that I will reread many times in my life.

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all coaches should read

the book was instrumental in getting me ready for my interview. it was able to give me the blueprint to answer some of the tougher questions that the administrations had for a head coach

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Another Gordon Gem

I have read many of his books and have enjoyed everyone. This one includes one of my major interests professional sports so I found it doubly
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great team-building instruction

definitely worth the time to listen to this book. great instruction on building teams hey many ways and at many levels.

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Awesome

I loved this book and we definitely keep it in my library to read over and over

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GREAT, Pragmatic Read

The narration by the authors made this book VERY interesting and easy to listen to. They are credible, because they contrast their failures with their success. I don't listen to books twice, but this one will probably be an exception.

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  • 02-10-19

Mind opening

It was interesting and kept me engaged to the end. I plan to listen again and again

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  • David Sammel
  • 08-20-16

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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  • gurubooks
  • 09-14-18

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 makes 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.

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  • 05-25-17

surprised!

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

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  • 07-20-20

Awesome book

loved every minute of it. Great easy lessons to pick up on.
Im most definitely going to listen to this again.

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  • 01-06-19

easy quick and simple

this is a great book for understanding the simplicity of building a culture in any team and especially cause it's related to the energy bus