Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced “sha-SHEF-ski”) is amazing. As Coach K prepares to lead the Duke men’s basketball team to yet another run at the Final Four, consider what he’s already accomplished:
- Four national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010),
- Four gold medals as head coach of USA men’s national team, and
- 980 career wins (most in NCAA history).
To truly appreciate the magnitude of his accomplishments, look at his 14-page biography on the Duke men’s basketball website.
Coach K’s phenomenal success as a coach and leader begs the question: How does he do it?
Obvious reasons are that he’s talented, disciplined and works hard. A lot of coaches fit that description, though, so there must be something more that differentiates Coach K and provides Duke men’s basketball a sustainable competitive advantage.
Coach K grew up in Chicago. He attended an all-boys Catholic high school then went on to an all-male West Point, where he played basketball under the driven, domineering, perfectionist coach Bobby Knight. (read more…)
There is an adage that goes, “Authority is the last resort of the inept and frustrated.” Parents who have found themselves relying on “…because I said so” to direct a reluctant child know the truth of the adage. When rank becomes the only means of insuring compliance, one has long lost the battle to effectively influence.
The art of influencing has challenged leaders for centuries. In autocratic settings, influencing is relatively simple to accomplish — you simply gave an order. In more democratic settings, leaders resorted to an array of more humanistic means. Some leaders influence by selling — focusing on the benefits of pursuing a goal. Some use colorful communication with a reliance on a charismatic style or a compelling message.
Role modeling is a popular approach to influencing with leaders — “walking the talk.” Then there is the incentives approach — affirming the “good subordinate” who acted in sync with a goal. (read more…)
Think of a speech as a piece of music.
Like a piece of music, it has melody, harmony and rhythm. Melody rises and lowers according to the notes, i.e. the words. Harmonies are a blend of facts and stories blended for meaning.
And tempo, fast or slow, matches mood and meaning. Put more simply, every good speech must have its own signature, a rising and falling according to meaning and a tempo owing to emphasis.
Speech delivery, like playing an instrument, is an art that can be mastered; it simply takes a willingness to try and a commitment to speaking in public whenever you have the opportunity to do it.
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What is one thing you do with your employees to convey to them that you are a thoughtful leader?
The thoughtfulness of your leadership will be evident in your everyday decision-making. Taking actions specifically to convey how thoughtful you are is not genuine and will largely be read as such. — Brennan White, Watchtower
Leading with love is a principle that RTC put into action last year, and it now defines us as an organization. (read more…)
I am a damn good writer. You may not think so, but I do. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am the best writer, just a damn good one. Now, before you get all well-isn’t-he-arrogant on me, suspend your judgment and hear me out. My story is about self-perception, not actual reality.
The fact that I think I am a good writer doesn’t mean that I am, in fact, a good writer. Thinking and being are two different things. But when it comes to writing, believing in one’s own talent is better than not doing so. Thinking I am a damn good writer gives me a confident “voice.” And in ninth grade, I learned that having a confident voice is central to being a damn good writer.
I didn’t always think this way
Your judgment about my arrogance might be softened a little if you knew my starting point. (read more…)