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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”


“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.”

And

“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

And

“I define passion as extreme emotion.”

And

“When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!”

And

“I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.”

And

“Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.”

And

“Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name on it.”

And

“It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward.”

And

“During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.”

And

“You have to work hard at staying in contact with your friends so that the relationships will continue and live on… Friendships, along with love, make life worth living.”

And

“In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way.”

And

“Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.”

And

“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”

And

“Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.”

And

“There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.”

And

“Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.”

And

“Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.”

And

“Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about.”

And

“Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own.”

And

“People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.”

And

“That’s what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.”

And

“When we don’t match another team’s intensity—that doesn’t happen very often—then all of a sudden we do ‘J.J.-watching,’ where we’re watching J.J. play. We might as well get tickets and sit behind the bench. No one is doing anything out there.”

And

“The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.”

And

“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

And

“I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.”

Wikipedia:  Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

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