The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate
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Great teammates don’t just impact you today; they impact you for the rest of your life.

From the moment Jon Gordon heard about George Boiardi and the Hard Hat he was intrigued and captivated. Over the years he visited George’s coaches, attended several “21 Dinners” held in his honor, met his family, talked to his teammates and observed how he inspired all who knew him.

The Hard Hat is an unforgettable true story about a selfless, loyal, joyful, hard-working, competitive, and compassionate leader and teammate, the impact he had on his team and program and the lessons we can learn from him.

The book features:

  • A True Story about George Boiardi, his Team and their Legacy.
  • 21 Lessons to be a Great Teammate
  • Insights from George’s Teammates and Coaches that Bring the Lessons to Life.
  • 21 Exercises to help you Build a Great Team 

Infused with practical insights and life changing lessons, The Hard Hat will inspire you to be the best teammate you can be and to build a great team.

*100% of author’s royalties go to support the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation


JON GORDON is the author of numerous bestselling books and his inspirational talks have inspired audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by countless Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, sports teams, and nonprofits. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at or on Twitter @JonGordon11.


Foreword by Jeremy Schaap ix

Author’s Note xiii

Part One The Hard Hat 1

Chapter 1 Unforgettable 3

Chapter 2 We Know Who Our People Are 5

Chapter 3 The Hard Hat 7

Part Two George (Narrated by Coach Jeff Tambroni) 9

Chapter 4 Mario St. George Boiardi 11

Chapter 5 Well Done Is Better than Well Said 13

Chapter 6 Chosen 15

Chapter 7 Selfless Leadership 17

Chapter 8 A Difference Maker 21

Chapter 9 The Heart of a Leader 25

Chapter 10 A Mother’s Touch 27

Chapter 11 A Defining Moment 29

Chapter 12 The Spirit of a Team 33

Part Three How to Be a Great Teammate 37

Chapter 13 George’s House 39

Chapter 14 Learning from George 43

Chapter 15 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate 47

1. Sweat More 48

2. Remember WD > WS 49

3. Choose to Be Humble and Hungry 50

4. Pursue Excellence 51

5. Share Positive Contagious Energy 52

6. Don’t Complain 54

7. Do It for Your Team, Not for Applause 55

8. Show You Are Committed 56

9. Never Take a Play Off 57

10. Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable 58

11. Treat Everyone with Respect and Expect Everyone to Do the Same 60

12. Give All and Take Nothing 61

13. Communicate 62

14. Connect 63

15. Become a “Come with Me” Teammate 64

16. Practice Selfless Compassion 65

17. Show You Care 66

18. Be a Loyal Friend 68

19. Love Your Team 69

20. Sacrifice 70

21. Leave the Place Better than You Found It 72

Chapter 16 21: A Way of Life (Narrated by Rob Pannell) 75

Part Four Legacy 77

Chapter 17 Great Teammates Impact You Forever 79

Chapter 18 Live and Lead Like George 81

Chapter 19 What Would George Do? 87

Chapter 20 A Hall of Fame Legacy 89

Chapter 21 21 Exercises to Build a Great Team 91

Afterword 97

The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation 101

Photos 103

Become A Great Teammate 111

Build Your Best Team 112

Other Books by Jon Gordon 113