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Building A World-Class Team

Mike Krzyzewski's principles for building a world-class team may not surprise you. Even so, how is Coach K able to do it year after year, team after team?

Most coaches would consider leading a team to an Olympic gold medal a capper for a pretty good year. The same goes for winning an NCAA national championship. Or a FIBA world championship. Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke Blue Devils and Team USA, led teams to each of these honors… within about 24 months.

Showing Up To Work

Cal Ripken Jr. committed to being better at his craft. Every day. For two decades.

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.

Albert Einstein

If Albert Einstein was right, Cal Ripken should have been a CEO or politician rather than a shortstop,because Ripken led by example over and over… and over again.

The Straight Shot

How Arnold Palmer became the richest athlete in the world.

Sitting in his unpretentious Orlando office, not a trophy in sight, Arnold Palmer bounced from answering calls about a clothing deal in Japan to e-mail about a golf course in Dubai to interviews with reporters from across the United States.

All the while, a most inappropriately named yellow Labrador sat quietly at his feet. Between million-dollar decisions, Palmer scratched the 8-year-old pooch beneath his chin and accepted the dog’s return of affection.

Raising Champions

For the patriarch of football's first family, his No. 1 lesson for his boys had nothing to do with football.

In the sweltering bayou country of southern Louisiana, four accomplished men reunite every summer, bunking together as roommates in the cramped living quarters of a small college.

"As a fan of the game, I'm pleased the two sides have reached a deal and, as a professional, I want to get back to work."

The Ultimate Upset

Upstart Villanova proved March Madness, like life, is all bout your performance on the court.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is nicknamed March Madness for two reasons: One, that’s the month when the three-week tournament mainly happens each year and, two, the tourney’s legacy includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. March Madness, as in life, is all about how you perform on the court. Nothing else matters—your size, your fame or the name on the front of your jersey.

Winning Every Day

Pat Summitt’s Strategy Centers on Goal-Setting

Eight times Pat Summitt’s University of Tennessee women’s basketball team has ended the season by lifting high the national championship trophy. Not once was that her team’s goal.

Before each of the 34 seasons that Summitt has been a head coach of some of the most accomplished teams of all time, she and her captains have committed a set of goals to writing.

Some of the Winning Teams Don Yaeger works with

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