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Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life Paperback – March 1, 2001
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Never really followed Coach K much, and after reading this, I have a lot of respect for him and the work he does. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence Prunty
Coach K takes basketball caching and brings life lessons in all areas of leadership. This is not just a basketball book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon
I was unhappy with how old and dirty the book was considering I ordered it as "new"Published 3 months ago by AJ Francioni
I first read this about twelve years ago. I passed my hardback version to a boss that I had back then. I wish that all managers that have teams below them would read this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jarheadE5
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