Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Leading With The Heart" by Mike Krzyzewski

I read Leading With The Heart--Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life by Mike Krzyzewski last year but with him being breaking coach Bobby Knight's record of winning the most College basketball games this week, I thought it would be appropriate to repost this.
This is a helpful book about coaching but many of the principles and tips he shares could also apply to business and teaching.  Every coach should read this one because there are so many practical tips that Mike shares and solid principles to follow.  After each chapter is a summary of the main points.  Mike shares from his experiences to illustrate his points in a very interesting way. 

Some key points on coaching that stood out to me from Leading With The Heart--Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life by Mike Krzyzewski (Duke's head basketball coach):
1.  Recruit players with character who respect their parents, willing to be part of the team and are coachable.
2.   Do not have a bunch of rules that limit you, it's better to just have one rule:  "Don't do anything detrimental to yourself."
3.    Use plural pronoun's such as "our," "we," "us" so it's the player's team and not just the coach's. 
4.    Always look your players in the eye and tell the truth.
5.    Share the goals with the players.
6.    Lead with confidence, show your players what they need to see.
7.    Imagine the loose ball you're chasing has your name on it.  It belongs to you.
8.     Stress honor in all things.
9.      Set goals that revolve around playing together as a team, never the number of wins.  Define your own success.
10.    Five fundamental qualities that make a team great:  communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride.
11.    Win or lose together--don't play the blame game.
12.    Address the little things you may encounter in a real situation.
13.    Be positive about all things that happen to the team.  Look at nothing in the past as failure.  Learn from every game.
14.    Plan but be flexible.
15.    Believe you can win, but don't assume you can.
16.    Always respect your competition.
17.    Set up some team traditions.
18.    Maintain a good sense of humor--having fun reduces pressure.
19.    Show strength, hide weakness.
20.    The only way you lose is if you don't try your best.
21.    When people achieve something that they've really worked hard for, it makes them feel great, superb, wonderful.
22.    You have to work at staying in contact with your friends so that the relationships will continue and live on.
23.    If something isn't working, try something new and different.  Never give up, find a way to win.
24.    Spend time with your players outside of practices and games to get to know them and become friends.
25.    At the end of each season, thank the team for their hard work.
I really got a lot out of this book--it was great!
(Karen's review)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it?

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