My wife and I had a kid-free night earlier this week, so we stopped by the library and enjoyed the time to browse books outside of the children's selections. I stumbled across The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching, by Dean Smith, Gerald D. Bell, and John Kilgo.
Even though I grew up as North Carolina Basketball fan, I've never read much about legendary Coach Smith. I admit that I may be a bit bias, but this book has become one of the best I have read all year and may be the best leadership book I've read in the last two years. The reason may be my love for basketball and admiration for UNC.
Each chapter is divided into three parts. The first part is Dean Smith discussing his coaching experiences. The second part consists of players reflections, and the third part is a business application. The business application probably had the least amount of impact, because as you read the first two parts, your mind is already drawing connections from the basketball metaphor to the business.
The book is also divided into three parts and is broken down by one of Dean Smith's overarching philosophies; "play hard, play together, play smart." If you are in business and love basketball this is worth flipping through. Especially, as March Madness arrives.