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The Carolina Way by Dean Smith, Gerald D. Bell and John Kilgo
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The Carolina Way by Dean Smith, Gerald D. Bell and John Kilgo
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Jan 25, 2005 | ISBN 9780143034643

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“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 Way provides an invaluable primer on good leadership techniques and, if the ‘proof is in the pudding,’ then there is no doubt that Dean Smith’s way works. My com pany and I had the benefit of hiring a number of Dean’s players from Phil Ford to Pete Budko. All of them were winners—ambitious, energetic, loyal team players. He never sent us a bad one.” —Hugh L. McColl Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO (retired), The Bank of America

“I have had the great privilege of sharing a fair portion of my life with William Friday, the president of the University of North Carolina, during much of the Dean Smith era. As a result, I have learned what a blessing Dean Smith was to the integrity of basketball in a collegiate setting. I would highly recommend The Carolina Way to anyone in pursuit of excellence with integrity.” —Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, the University of Notre Dame

Table Of Contents

Preface by Roy Williams

Part 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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