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The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team

Krzyzewski, Mike, with Jamie K. Spatola

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ISBN 10: 0446544078 / ISBN 13: 9780446544078
Published by Business Plus, New York, 2009
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, April 2009, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by both authors on the title page: "Mike Krzyzewski / Jamie K. Spatola." Coach K delivered on the promise of this book, leading the U.S. men's basketball team to a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London, adding to his other considerable basketball achievements (most wins in NCAA Division 1 men's basketball, most NCAA tournament wins, and four NCAA championships). Book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.99). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003712

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Title: The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class ...

Publisher: Business Plus, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Says Coach K: "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.

But that was with college kids.....Now, Coach K has stepped 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's 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.

About the Author:

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI has been the basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils for twenty-seven years, winning three NCAA championships and twelve national Coach of the Year awards. He is revered and respected by sports fans and business leaders everywhere. Coach K lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

JAMIE K. SPATOLA is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in English. She is also one of Coach K's daughters.

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