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Leadership tips from Coach K

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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.

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