Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke men’s basketball team, has many on-the-court successes. He was the first Division I men’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins, he has five national championships and he coached the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams to gold medal victories. Take his advice for leading a team to success:
- Establish “standards,” not “rules.” Employees can feel like rules are forced on them, however, standards elevate everyone’s game.
- Make everyone feel important. Know your employees and see them as more than just cogs in the machine.
- Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.” That shows that you respect employees and increases their chances of buying in to your plans and ideas.
- Be honest—always. Even when the truth hurts, look one another in the eyes and be open about the challenges you face.
— Adapted from “Tips on Management From Three of the Best,” Paul Loftus, The Royal Gazette, www.royalgazette.com.