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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Krzyzewski Narrator: Jamie K. Spatola Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Coach K 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 audiobooks, 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 audiobook—it’s Coach K’s firsthand 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 an audiobook on basketball, half an audiobook 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This stirring firsthand book recounts that sometimes uphill battle and shares the lessons that Coach K and his high-flying players learned in the process.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Jamie Spatola's relationship to Coach Krzyzewski gives breadth and depth to her narration and helps this audiobook to become a much more intimate experience for the listener. Spatola's passion and belief in the wisdom of her father's words are felt with every syllable she speaks.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron | 10/5/2012

    " As a basketball fan, I enjoyed this book. It is esentially a self-help/business encouragement type book for "team leaders". I would have prefered a simple narrative about the exploits of what may have been, the most talented basketball team to walk on a court. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael | 6/14/2011

    " Not much at all of the play-by-play review of olympic basketball, and certainly not some expose of what training and playing and coaching was like......it's apparently half management guru but mostly after school special. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rick | 3/15/2011

    " Had trouble finishing this book. I was actually reading the hard copy and most of the information provided I have read many times before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 9/10/2010

    " Awesome insights to the success of a reformed USA Men's Basketball pogram! "

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