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It’s How You Play the Game
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Release Date: June 2015
Page Count: 272
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-6689-4
Case Lot Quantity: 48

It’s How You Play the Game

The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith

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Dean Smith won 879 games during his legendary career as the basketball coach at University of North Carolina—making him among the winningest coaches ever. He also won the respect and admiration of those who worked with and played for him. What made him so effective both on and off the court? What set him apart as a leader?

Author David Chadwick, who played on championship teams for Smith, provides an inside look at how Smith led and influenced others so that they knew success not only on the basketball court, but everywhere else. In It’s How You Play the Game, he presents 12 principles that marked Smith’s approach to leadership, business, and life, including…

  • the team comes before the individual
  • success requires a flexible vision
  • positive words have power
  • commitment to character is essential
  • you can make failure your friend

Whatever your calling as a leader—whether in business, athletics, ministry, or elsewhere—this book will help you to play the game well and draw out the best from the people you lead.

Meet the author

David Chadwick

David Chadwick

David Chadwick has been a pastor for almost 40 years.  Along with this theological degrees, he earned a Specialist's degree in counseling.  The love of his life is Marilynn, his wife for more than 40 years.  He has three children, Bethany, David, and Michael.  They are all married and have given David and Marilynn one of...

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A Word from the Author

"If you have one person who dramatically impacts your life for good, you are a person richly blessed. To have two makes your life even richer. My dad was the person who most impacted my life. Coach Dean Smith was the second. He taught me how to place others first, the team first and be a man of great character. I'm a better leader and person for having known him. When I think of Dad and Coach Smith, I realize I'm a man richly blessed!"
David Chadwick, author of It's How You Play the Game

Editorial Reviews

"If you are a sports fan, or interested in the profile of a successful man who acts with integrity, It's How You Play the Game is for you."

"...Whether in business, athletics, ministry, or elsewhere—this book will help you to play the game well and draw out the best from the people you lead."


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06/24/15 David R.


“After reading It’s How You Play the Game, I regret not having the opportunity to meet Dean Smith.  His wisdom and life principles, as chronicled by David Chadwick, will help me be a better leader at work, at home, and at church.  His personal fight for racially integrating his teams and schools and pushing for equality throughout his circle of influence demonstrated how highly he valued every individual.  Our society would benefit greatly from more Dean Smith’s today.”

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"It is with admiration and gratitude that I recommend this book to anyone who sees themselves as a leader and wants to lead with head, hands and heart. David has a remarkable way of weaving his experience as a player and subsequent years as a leader with what he learned under Coach Smith. The 12 Leadership Principles can be a shot in the arm during a challenging day or a playbook over a lifetime for leadership and life."
Joan O. Wright, MSW, MCC, O'Sullivan Wright, Inc.

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