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Coach K’s Mom & Pop motivation style

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Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, mixes traditional male coaching approaches with a feminine style he calls “releasing your inner woman.”

“Masculine” example:

When he needs something to happen, Krzyzewski communicates the message “I want this from you and I want it right now.” Example: He forms his hand into a claw, reaches toward a player’s chest, and says: “Stop being passive, and attack with an aggressive style.”

“Feminine” example:

After delivering instructions to the team, Krzyzewski walks away and allows its members to interact, communicate and plan without any supervision from him.

—Adapted from “Follow Me,” Mike Sokolove, New York Times Magazine.

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