Thursday, April 23, 2009


THE GOLD STANDARD-Building a World-Class Team

Do your want to bring out the best in your family, your employees, your team? Coach Mike Krzyzewski says: "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.

This book is about Coach K stepping 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 personal rivalries 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 is 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.

Will women enjoy this book as much as men? Some will because they love basketball. Others will want to get a copy for their husband, son, grandson, or other male friend. Jamie Spatola, Coach K's youngest daughter who is a graduate of Duke University where she majored in English, helped her father write this book.
  • The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments May 7 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Good afternoon Clif,
That is a book I know Hubby would enjoy reading, so please put my name in the hat. Thanks and have a terrific day!

Many blessings,

enchanting cottage said...

What a great book this sounds like. I think EVERYONE should read this book. To often we say what's wrong rather than those four little words.

bp said...

Hello, I will sign my hubby up!
preciousmoments2004 AT gmail DOT com

Lisa said...

Nothing cuter than a begging man(: Actually the book sounds wonderful and I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't glean some good leadership skills reading it. Thanks for thinking of us gals!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Clif, I would love to have a copy of this book. But only if you have enough copies. If someone in the ministry needs it, then give it to them first.


Sheila :-)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

My husbands enjoys watching Coach K coach ball and he has a lot of respect for his work ethics, I think he might really enjoy reading this book. Thank you for sharing.

Ruthie said...

Sounds like a great book. Please add my name to your Give-away.

Ms.Daisy said...

Since I am a big football fan, NASCAR fan and supporting our local baseball team (now defunct)I think I can call myself a sports fan, so please put my name in the hat for a copy of this book.



Bingo said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

Pamela S said...

I'd love to win this book for my husband who is a big fan of Coach K.


Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks!

Bingo said...

I am a different Bingo than I see the other is entered..I am a female and would love to read this book as I LOVE basketball. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Vivian Deliz said...

Sounds very interesting. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.