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Duke University basketball coach Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski and co-author Donald T. Phillips have written a heartfelt and practical book. The coach weaves his leadership and team strategies into lessons not just for sports, but for business and life. The book, which includes a foreword by Grant Hill (yes, he can write, too!), is filled with personal experiences, anecdotes, and examples. The coach uses sports as a metaphor for management. For example, he advises: "Never let a person’s weakness get in the way of his strengths." getAbstract recommends this well-written book to anyone interested in emotionally balanced team-building, as developed by a winning coach.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to build an effective team by creating a relaxed, familial working atmosphere;
  • Why you should encourage people to grow – even it means they will leave your organization; and
  • What five qualities identify a great team.

About the Authors

Mike Krzyzewski is Duke University’s all-time winningest basketball coach. The 1999-2000 season marks his twentieth season at the helm of the Blue Devils’ program. Known as Coach K, he’s a six-time National Coach of the Year and five-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. He has the most wins in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament among active coaches. Donald T. Phillips is the author of six other books, including Lincoln on Leadership, The Founding Fathers on Leadership, and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership. He currently serves as the mayor of Fairview, Texas.



How do you begin to build a great team, whether in sports, business, or life? First, recruit great individuals who are eager to be part of a team and will respond to coaching. Make everyone feel like part of the team effort, not just a robot in a group being led by one person...

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