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Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life [Kindle Edition]

Mike Krzyzewski , Donald T. Phillips , Grant Hill
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In his more than twenty years coaching the Blue Devils, Coach Mike Krzyzewski has made his program the most admired in the nation, with back-to-back national championships in '91, '92, and again in 2001, and ten Final Four appearances since 1986. Now, in Leading with the Heart, Coach K talks about leadership-how you earn it, how you practice it, and how you use it to move your organization to the top. From the importance of trust, communication, and pride, to the commitment a leader must make to his team, this inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who loves college basketball-or who simply wants to win in any competitive environment today.

Editorial Reviews Review

In some respects, a top-level college coach is a lot like a manager in any business. He has to turn a group of talented individuals into a smoothly running team, and he has to produce results that please the fans of his team--the shareholders of the athletic program. Thus, in Leading with the Heart, Krzyzewski reviews the lessons he's learned as basketball coach at Duke University, and tries to universalize them so they translate to any leadership position. For example, he writes, "Adjustments are not unusual, they are usual. So a leader's ability to think on his feet ... to do things without instruction ... is of paramount importance." Makes sense, as does this admonition: "When teaching, always remember this simple phrase: 'You hear, you forget. You see, you remember. You do, you understand.'"

The book has four sections--"Preseason," "Regular Season," "Postseason," and "All-Season"--and each of those has four chapters. Each chapter begins with three quotes ("Too many rules get in the way of leadership" leads off chapter 1), and ends with bulleted tips summing up the chapter's message. Between the quotes and the bullet points are anecdotes about Duke basketball games and (occasionally) Krzyzewski's life outside basketball. What you come away with is an understanding of why Krzyzewski is a great basketball coach, why former Duke assistants such as Tommy Amaker and Quin Snyder are probably going to become great basketball coaches, and how anyone who's currently a coach can become a better coach. It would be great if other types of managers in other types of businesses could incorporate these lessons in compassionate, focused, highly flexible leadership, but it seems unlikely. Most managers in business rise through the ranks not because of their ability to lead or inspire but because of their knowledge and competence (if not their connections). On the other hand, it would be nice if each of us, just once, could work for someone like Coach K, someone who could push the right buttons and lead us to our own version of the Final Four. Not likely, but a pretty sweet fantasy. --Lou Schuler

From Publishers Weekly

Duke basketball coach Krzyzewski, today's most successful NCAA coach, reviews significant games and key events in his career in addition to offering advice to coaches, players and everyone trying to do better in life. The son of working-class Polish immigrants, he got a scholarship to West Point, where he became an accomplished player before becoming a coach. His breezy approach is direct and simple: what's most important is working as a team toward a common goal--not necessarily to win the game, but to play the best possible game. Says Coach K, "There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride." Approaching each season the same way, he extends himself to his players, encouraging them to spend time at his home and with his family, while emphasizing the importance of keeping up with academics and enjoying the overall experience of college. In fact, Krzyzewski tries to hire assistant coaches who have played for him because they're versed in on- and off-court problems. At the end of each chapter, he offers general pointers, such as that "business, like basketball, is a game of adjustments. So be ready to adjust." Although he occasionally refers to a coach as a "leader," for the most part he leaves it up to readers to connect the dots between his coaching strategies and useful business strategies. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446526266
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038OBIMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest book on Leadership Ever written February 23, 2000
Perhaps no other book will hit you where you are more than this one. Mike combines life experiences with true nuggets to guide us apply proven leadership and to take our team to a new level of excellence. You will want to read it through,then come back and highlight. The chapter on handling crises is worth the book by itself.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in all regards April 29, 2000
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I graduated from Duke in 68 and am an avowed fan of Coach K.However, I've hit a rut in my reading recently, can't find anything that seems stimulatiing or interesting.I was afraid this book would just be another of those "smaltzy" rah rah type of books that coaches(and usually someone else write), but I was happily surprised. It is really worth everyones attention, whether to motivate a business person or anyone on how to live ones life. The usual blah blahing about excellence is pretty much left out, thank goodness, and the book is full of very helpful aphorisms about what priorities to put first and how to lead a wholesome and successful life,even if you don't have a jump shot.Coach K comes across as really honest and sincere.I can't stand phonies and really was pleasantly surprised by the book. Lots of real life anecdotes about games, players, situations and how to take defeat.Truly inspirational from a superb leader. For sports fans, look what he did with the team of mostly freshman this year, way beyond anyones expectations.He uses his heart a lot, but also his head.You can also read and skip around in the book, its not like a novel.Again, his repeated emphasis on how to deal with defeat and failure shows true wisdom, far beyond that of most college coaches. I remember the tonge in cheek defintion of a college basketball coach by a player once."you have to be a little bit crazy to base your career on someone else's jump shot." Coach K is crazy like a fox.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Reading as Intro to Leaderhsip April 16, 2000
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Good book. Good lessons. Resonated well with me because (A) I was at Duke in K's early years and (B) I'm now a CEO working to be a better leader.
Where it excels: While many books say, "do this" K explains why you "do this," which makes the lesson much more valuable. Focuses specifically on interpersonal skills, rather than vague over-arching principles of some Forunte 100 CEO. Gives lots of examples and the fact that I witnessed many of them myself (albeit on TV) helped me understand. Summarizes the points at the end of each chapter (though this could be improved).
Where it's weak: K himself says he wants honesty, so here it is: He needs more confidence as an author and to set his sights higher. It's a "good" leadership/basketball reminiscing book that could be a truly _great_ leadership-only book if it were better edited to spend less time on irrelevant details of some game in 1988 and more time on being concise. Those details are entertaining, but we're business leaders, we need people to get to the point. The publisher probably said it needed fluff to sell. However, I'll bet a second edition with less fluff and promoted more as a true management book would sell more. In K terminology, the "heart" of this book is in its leadership lessons. We've already seen the games.
One other troubling aspect: contradictions. K will talk about honesty with players and media, then later cite a ploy with Brian Davis and "blowing smoke at the media" before the second UNLV game. Those should be clarified.
Either way, I recommend it. Coach, you helped me learn.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I chose this book to read for a business class at my college. The book focuses around Coach K and his experiences with basketball. He alludes to his theories applications towards business some, but it is up to the reader to apply them to his/her own business situations. His theories though on leadership and family are empowering, touching, and entertaining. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's not just a book for the basketball lover, Duke fan, or business reader. It's a book that shows how one man has steadfastly stood by his beliefs throughout his life. Great book, Coach K!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars motivational power March 14, 2000
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Mike is the simply the best college basketball coach in America. His book details the principles he follows in building and motivating college kids into a team. This is not a twilight of the career definitive biography. Instead, it is a book that fans , coaches and players of all ages can enjoy and apply. Heck even Carolina fans can find much to agree with in this volume!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Leadership from the Sports Perspective! January 16, 2007
Coach K presents his approach for the "storming, performing, and norming" that he performs every season (!) as he takes new recruits and melds them into a national team. This book is a great way to see team building and management from the sports perspective. HIGHLY recommended for its heartfelt, pragmatic advice!

Some great quips (a few paraphrased) include:

* The deal is - there won't be any deals.

* People make rules to keep from making decisions.

* I'm not going to promise you anything. You have to come in, work hard, and earn everything you receive.

* Look for good kids with strong character, not necessarily great talent, but great individuals who are willing to be part of a team.

* Dislike job descriptions, they tend to put people in boxes and hold them back from realizing their true potential.

* Leader has to assess the quality of the team, set the standards, of excellence, and then work with the team to achieve that standard.

* What a leader does now sets up for later. And there is always a later.

* Want the team to get better every day. The rest will take care of itself.

* Change things up; don't do the same thing each year.

* Almost everything comes back to relationships.

* Nothing demonstrates that you care about people then spending time with them.

* The only way you can lead people is to understand people. The best way to understand them is to get to know them better.

* Some feel discipline is a dirty word, it only means doing what you should, when you should, in the best way.

* Fellas, I am the truth. At any time, I can and will tell you where you stand and how you're doing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
I have been a huge admirer of Coach K. for years. Loved the book, and it arrived in excellent condition.
Published 1 day ago by Catherine M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Usable for coaches as well as CEO's.
The only thing I didn't like was that it is obvious that the book is scanned in but not checked afterwards. That's a bit of a shame and annoyance. E.g. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joost Rietveld
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Lots of misspellings. Incorrect medical references.
Published 15 days ago by Teaira
5.0 out of 5 stars useful in every kind of organization
Philosophy of COACH K is simply but based on natural human motivation and system of values. The truly value of that book is showing a path of implementation natural leadership... Read more
Published 17 days ago by DARIUSZ WYSPIANSKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Leading with the heart
Great book which provides great examples based on personal experience. A would encourage leaders to read this book and share with others.
Published 24 days ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. I read during the 2014/15 season. It was awesome to read while they went through March Madness.
Published 27 days ago by shane54
4.0 out of 5 stars Basketball and Business Go Hand-in-Hand
Thanks to my participation in my way of looking at leadership has changed because of this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lauren head
5.0 out of 5 stars great coach!
Great coaching book. The man knows how to build a team! I will re read this again and take notes because it is that resourceful!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book on leadership
Loved the book. Reinforced a lot of things I knew about leadership and taught me a few others. I have huge respect for Coach K and I'm a Tarheel fan.
Published 1 month ago by Donald F Taylor III
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book a must have for anyone in a leadership position!
Published 1 month ago by Staci
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