The Gold Standard (book) by Mike Krzyzewski[edit | edit source]

Coach K’s second book to make our must-read list. In The Gold Standard: Building a World Class Team, the Duke coach writes about his experiences coaching the U.S. Olympic Basketball squad. He worked with some of the game’s biggest egos and and navigated personal rivalries to piece together a team that could beat the best competition in the world. Half of the book focuses on basketball, while the other half examines his management techniques for leading the team during the Olympics.

“I always tried to explain to the players their roles on the team, roles that were always evolving,” Krzyzewski writes. “When you give time to a person and explain their ever-evolving role, it makes them feel good. It is a reminder to them that their role is important enough to warrant explanation.”

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