Former Falcons head coach Mike Smith recently came out with a motivational book about developing teamwork within organizations. I am far from an expert on corporate culture, but I wonder how he relates a three man pass rush to success.
Here is part of the unusually long description from the Amazon page.
NFL head coach Mike Smith lead 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.
That sounds interesting, but there was no free copy in the Falcoholic mailbox. Instead of reading the book, I decided to read the reviews.
The reviews for Mike Smith's new book are really impressive. He currently boasts an impressive 35 five star reviews (100% positive), and an average of 1.257 exclamation points per review. These reviewers executed on their exclamation points!
Eleanor Biddulph has some useful tips for reading this book.
Be sure to read it with highlighter in hand, as there are many important points to read, re-read and reflect on later.
Smith certainly turned around the Falcons, but he never really had a way with words. If I reflected on something he said in this book, it would be the first time I ever reflected on something from Smitty.
By Twilhelmon September 20, 2015
Incredible insight provided by Mike Smith with his humble knowledge and experience of being on top and of the NFL and the things he learned when things weren't going their way!
"If things aren't going well, try Kroy Biermann in coverage." Twilhelmon had more to say.
More nuggets here than a McNugget's factory!
That sentence caused me physical pain.
Jennifer Snyder created an account to make her only Amazon review ever, but when you have a pun like this, I can understand why.
Once you begin you will not want to put this one down until you cross the goal line and finish in the end zone.
Stewart also made his first review ever, and thinks you should read this book if you lead multiple businesses.
Amazing book for coaches, businesses leaders, and more.
I have no idea what this means, but Juan Pablo Favero decided to include it in his second Amazon review ever.
Jon Gordon and Mike Smith collaborating for this book may prove to be a one-two combination that will be tough to beat.
John Lantz, who is definitely a robot and also only has one review and nothing else to his account, had these oddly capitalized, nonsensical words to say.
As a Leader with a Fortune 500 company and Head High School Basketball Coach Jon Gordon
And Mike Smith have made a Slam Dunk on How you need to Win in the Locker Room First and the 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life. Great tool I will be using everyday. Don't procrastinate get your copy today!
"This book is a real home run!" "After utilizing the lessons learned in this book, I reached my GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL" "These principles are a real hat trick!!!"
Susan Stanley has some thoughts.
When you become " an over believer" your team will become over achievers! Jon and his partner Mike Smith, former coach of the Atlanta Falcons, have such an easy style about their writing that it makes this a quick read.
Why did Mike Smith stop over believing and turn his team to underachievers?
Here is Sara McGurk's first and only Amazon review.
Honest reflection from Mike Smith combined with insight from Jon Gordon equals a win for all readers.
This book is more of a win during the regular season, because it falls apart in the playoffs.
Samantha Lambert's only Amazon review had this to say.
Some great quotes and stories that will stick with you the entire time.
If true, this will be Mike Smith's first great quote.
Patrick Johnston loved this book so much, he made his first and only review ever to say this.
Smith illustrates the rise and fall of his Falcons, giving us all a check on our own hubris. Add this one to your collection!
From R. Valentine, who also left a review for reusable Alvin and the Chipmunks plates.
The addition of Mike Smith's stories about his football career and time with the Atlanta Falcons (I'm a Falcon's fan) were very interesting. The 7 C's (and bonus information) included in the book will allow me to help make my team the best version of themselves.
Did that quote not make much sense to you?
According to jviola79's comment, this book is full up empty, uninspiring quotes from Smith. Here are my favorites.
"As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions. You must do what you say and say what you do." (Mike Smith)
"Every team has the same goals. So it’s not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process, one game at a time, that will define your season." (Mike Smith)
"Focus on the journey, not the destination." (Mike Smith)
"Complaining is toxic to the team and locker room." (Mike Smith)
"Complacency is a disease." (Mike Smith)
"Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team." (Mike Smith)
You knew a Mike Smith book would talk about process.
Lea Sanchez, in her only Amazon review ever, had this to say.
Jon Gordon and Mike Smith worked flawlessly to dovetail their knowledge and expertise into an amazing book that will inspire anyone in any walk of life to build the best culture.
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