Monday, September 10, 2012


"Making shots counts, but not as much as the people who make them." -Mike Krzyzewski
“What you must realize is that you cannot coach without factoring in the human equation.” –Pete Carril
"The greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign unless he understood the men he had to lead." -General Omar Bradley
“When it comes to relationships, everything begins with respect, with the desire to place value on other people.” –John Maxwell
“The first thing you must understand is that the person being motivated must have the feeling that the one doing the motivating really cares about you.” -Billy Donovan
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” –Goethe
“Leaders have to give time for relationships.  But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful.  So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done.  That’s one reason I depend on my staff to help me.” –Mike Krzyzewski
“Life is about relationships. Family relationships, friends and co-workers. When we begin to praise people for their positive aspects, our relationships grow. It puts them, and us, on the fast track.” –Chris Widener
"Coaching is a people business. If you take care of your people, the wins and losses will fall into place. Treat people well. You've got to figure out how to work with each one of them. They might not like you every day, but they must respect you." -Carol Ross
"If we get so caught up in the Xs and Os; so focused on the mechanics of the game and making sure every athlete is at his optimal weight and strength; and so committed to preparing every detail we need to win but leave out a concern for our players and their fate, then all our technical endeavors in football will mean nothing. If we focus solely on winning and set aside the loving care of individuals, we place our team and ourselves at a disadvantage." -Jim Tressel
“Don’t be afraid to let your players know how much you care about them.” –Thad Matta
“Statistics are important, but relationships last a lifetime.” –sign in the office of Roy Williams
“Care is developed by fostering individual relationships. This means not only caring about the team does on the basketball court but caring about their lives off the court and taking the time to get to know who they really are as a person, not only as a basketball player.” -Mike Krzyzewski
“You’re not just as strong as your last play. You’re as strong as your strongest relationship.” –Brett Yomark
“Relationship provides the bridge over which truth can be conveyed.” –Dr. John Townsend
“The better you can relate, the better you will be able to influence and motivate.” –Dr. John Townsend
“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”  –Muriel Ruckeyser
“Empower the people around you, from the janitor to the athletic director. You do that by being sincere, caring about others, and then putting it into practice.” –Sue Gunter
“Winning still drives me. But I also enjoy putting a team together. Every year presents a different challenge for me. What I will miss the most is building relationships with players. Those bonds are always going to be there and they are personal. They are not based on wins and losses but on something you gave them, something you tried to do for them, something you tried to establish in those kids that would affect their lives.” –Roy Williams
"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