The Carolina Way

The Carolina Way : Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching

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For forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina basketball team with unsurpassed success. Now, in The Carolina Way, he explains his coaching philosophy and shows readers how to apply it to the leadership and team-building challenges they face in their own lives. In his wry, sensible, wise way, Coach Smith takes us through every aspect of his program, illustrating his insights with vivid stories. Accompanying each of Coach Smith s major points is a Player Perspective from a former North Carolina basketball star and an in-depth Business Perspective from Gerald D. Bell, a world-renowned leadership consultant and a professor at UNC s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The keystones of Coach Smith s coaching philosophy are widely applicable and centrally relevant to building successful teams of any kind."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 26mm | 340.2g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143034642
  • 9780143034643
  • 486,888

Review quote

"Coach taught me the game....He''s like a second father to me." --Michael Jordan

"Dean Smith epitomizes what a coach can be-teacher, counselor, mentor, example, friend." --Bill Bradley

"He''s a better coach of basketball than anyone else." --John Wooden

"To say that much of what I learned as a player from Dean Smith is directly applicable to the business community would be an understatement. Everything I learned during my stay at North Carolina has helped me be a better manager. To this day I rely on principles taught on and off the basketball court by Dean Smith to help me be more effective. Honesty, integrity, discipline, practice, and training certainly are the cornerstones to build from. If you care for your employees the way Coach Smith cared for us, success is a natural byproduct." --Mitch Kupchak, General Manager, Los Angeles Lakers

"There were a few truly great college coaches in twentieth-century America, and Dean Smith is one of those. In my mind, Coach Smith represents everything good about intercollegiate athletics. Call it what you want: the Carolina Way, the Smith Way, the Right Way--it's about the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Dean Smith is much more than a great coach. He is a great leader, a man of conviction, integrity, and toughness. If you're in a leadership position or aspire to one, The Carolina Way is a must read." --Lloyd H. Carr, Head Football Coach, the University of Michigan

"Dean Smith is one of the greatest coaches of all time and I was pleased to have the opportunity to read of the leadership principles that contributed to his success. The Carolina Way also includes terrific vignettes from his former players, further illustrating Dean's powerful impact on their lives and how he was able to encourage his players to perform at their personal best." --Congressman Tom Osborne, former Head Football Coach, the University of Nebraska

"The Carolina
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About Dean Smith

Gerald D. Bell has master s degrees from the University of Colorado and Yale and a doctorate from Yale. He has taught at the University of North Carolina s Kenan-Flagler Business School for more than thirty years and has headed his Bell Leadership Institute since 1972. His leadership-training sessions have been attended by approximately 500,000 managers in more than 4,700 organizations from more than 85 countries

John Kilgo is an award-winning newspaper columnist, living in Davidson, North Carolina.

Roy Williams is the current head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina.

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Table of contents

Preface by Roy Williams
IntroductionPart One: The Foundations

1. First Principles
2. Play Hard; Play Together; Play Smart
3. Winning
4. Losing

Part Two: Playing Hard

5. Caring
6. Practicing
7. Recruiting the Players
8. Honesty
9. Breaking Bad Habits
10. Fun, Fatigue, and the Long Season

Part Three: Playing Together

11. Teamwork
12. Defining and Understanding Roles
13. Why Unselfishness Works
14. Team-Building Techniques

Part Four: Playing Smart

15. Every man on the Team Is Important
16. Taking Care of the Little Things
17. One-on-One Meetings
18. Goals and Expectations
19. Building Confidence
20. Earning the Support of the Bigger Team
21. Discipline Must Be Fair
22. Continuous Learning

Part Five: Lessons Learned

23. Don't Dwell on the Past
24. Don't Fear Change
25. The Olympics: When Winning Was the Goal
26. Hopes for the Future

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