Monday, April 13, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Gold Standard

I'm authorized to give away 1 copy. Rules for entry in the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team
By Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola
(c) 2009
Pub. Business Plus

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 personalrivalries 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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  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
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  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST April 25, 2009. I will select the winners with a random number generator using
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes.

18 tell me a story:

mindy 4/13/2009 5:28 PM  

this sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

Vanessa 4/13/2009 5:36 PM  

Ok, my father in law is a huge fan of Coach K. Let's see if I can score myself some major brownie points by winning this.


Vanessa 4/14/2009 3:21 AM  

I blogged this here:


ABCD Diaries 4/14/2009 6:59 AM  

This sounds so great! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

Nickolay 4/14/2009 9:22 AM  

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/14/2009 9:28 AM  

No need to enter me; I've got this posted at Win a Book. Thanks for the e-mail!

Jake L 4/14/2009 9:47 AM  

sounds like a good read, please include me in this giveaway.


A Reader 4/14/2009 3:40 PM  

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

tatertot374 4/15/2009 12:26 PM  

Thank you for a great giveaway! I would love to win. Thank you!

Emilie 4/15/2009 8:53 PM  

I would love to win this--I love these types of books!! Thank you for the chance :)

emvark at gmail dot com

wendy wallach 4/15/2009 11:04 PM  

I am interested in this drawing.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Sandra K321 4/16/2009 6:13 AM  

I love college basketball and would love to win this book.

a real librarian 4/16/2009 11:00 AM  

This sounds great!


Pamela S 4/16/2009 9:55 PM  

I'd love to win this book as a gift for my husband. He loves Coach K!!

pamelashockley at netscape dot net

Unknown 4/20/2009 10:16 AM  

I'd like to enter.


Dessert Diva 4/22/2009 8:45 PM  

Sounds awesome!!!! Please enter me!


Anonymous,  4/23/2009 9:00 PM  

I'm very interested in this book as it seems to be a very interesting one. Please add my name to your draw. Thanks.

Bingo 4/27/2009 9:27 PM  

Please enter me. Thanks!

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