Fuqua/Coach K Leadership Conference

Conference Information

The 9th Annual Fuqua/Coach K Conference on Leadership will take place October 25-27, 2010 at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

2010 Conference Theme

Under the theme of “Leading in a Distributed and Transparent World: Lessons from the Front Lines of Change,” the conference will define a new leadership landscape for participants and spotlight the types of leadership skills that are needed to deal with current realities. By drawing on leadership lessons from diverse industries and sectors, the conference will mirror the complex relationships and blurred boundaries of today.  More than 20 chief-level executives and faculty scholars will help participants make sense of a world in which

  • boundaries (geographical, functional, relationships) are blurred
  • companies and their senior management are called to greater accountability and are often measured in the public eye by the impact of their actions on society
  • information is proliferating and technology is evolving at a speed that makes it impossible for any single person or organization to fully make sense of the data.

About the Conference

A hallmark of the Coach K Leadership Conference is stimulating our participants to broaden the scope of their thinking and draw insights on leadership and organizational effectiveness from across different industries, nonprofit sectors, and sports.  The 2010 conference format will include keynote and plenary sessions designed to allow participants to easily interact with speakers as well as learn from one another, and a special Coach K-moderated Men’s basketball practice session linking sports and business leadership.

For details and registration information, visit www.ConferenceonLeadership.com.

Presentations from the Fuqua/Coach K Conference on Leadership Now Available Through Apple’s iTunes

Watch or listen to the conference presentations from prior years by downloading them to your computer or iPod.

The Duke University site on iTunes U is a gallery of lectures, music, news and other materials that can be easily downloaded and transfered using Apple’s iTunes software.

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When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K
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