Win in the locker room

Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s new leadership book, You Win in the Locker Room First, provides powerful insight in an easily digestible format. Both men are skilled in creating quotable lines, so rather than outline the ideas of the book, this review simply highlights the top 16 quotes from You Win in the Locker Room First.

  1. “X’s and O’s are important but culture is the rock that your organization must be built upon – and if you do it the right way, you’ll have sustained success.” (9)
  2. “If you focus on the fruit and ignore the root, the tree will die, but if you continue to care for the root and focus on your culture, process, people, and purpose, then you’ll always have a great supply of fruit.” (16)
  3. “No matter what happens, whether you win or lose, keep focusing on the root. Forget what happened last season. You must have amnesia about past negative outcomes and a great memory of all the little things you did to create success.” (20)
  4. “It is so much easier to deal with and overcome the bad moments when you think about how fortunate you are to have an opportunity to impact and lead others.” (28)
  5. “To build a winning team you must create a positive culture where negativity can’t breed and grow, and the sooner you start weeding it from you team the stronger and more positively contagious your culture and team will be.” (35)
  6. “My greatest challenge right now is to be consistent myself. I must be the ‘same guy’ all the time. I must be relentless in my pursuit of being consistent. I must discipline myself to be fully present so I can be in the moment with each person or player. Then we have a chance to maximize the moment together. My challenge is to be so consistent and optimistic, that every person in the organization feels that tomorrow will be better than today and we expect it to be.” (40-41)
  7. “Where there is a void in communication, negativity will fill it. Without great communication, negativity fills the void and it breeds and grows, resulting in negative contagious energy that quickly spreads.” (52)
  8. “The best communicator is not the person who is the most eloquent speaker, but the person who has the ability to listen, process the information, and use it to make decisions that are in the best interest of the team and organization.” (55)
  9. “Coaches and leaders can’t just talk about the message, they must model the message. If you don’t live it, neither will your team.” (61)
  10. “We are designing machines that function like people, and, in turn, are turning people into machines.” (75)
  11. “The hen is involved in creating the eggs for breakfast, but the pig is committed. He has to sacrifice everything. To be a great leader, coach, and team member you must be more than involved. You must be committed.” (85)
  12. “You can’t serve yourself and your team at the same time. You have to decide whether you are going to serve me or we.” (89)
  13. “We only get one shot to be a parent and spouse, and we must give it everything we’ve got and commit to our “team” at home.” (91)
  14. “At the end of the day, I don’t want to be a household name. I want to be a big name in my household.” (93)
  15. “If you want to win, you don’t focus on winning. You focus on the culture, people, and process that produces wins.” (108)
  16. “I believe in tough love, but love must come first. If your team knows that you care about them, they will allow you to push and challenge them to be their best.” (116)