Coach K Quotes (Mike Krzyzewski)

Mike Krzyzewski quotes

 

Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.

-Mike Krzyzewski

I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.

-Mike Krzyzewski

With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.

-Mike Krzyzewski

I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader’s responsibility to his team is paramount. It overshadows even his own personal feelings at any given time.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the players on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.

-Mike Krzyzewski

When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.

-Mike Krzyzewski

 

 

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It’s a process, and failure is part of the process. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.

-Mike Krzyzewski

People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.

-Mike Krzyzewski

During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.

-Mike Krzyzewski

When you cleanse yourself of a big victory, you may open yourself up to the opportunity for an even bigger victory.

-Mike Krzyzewski

There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.

-Mike Krzyzewski

 

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