Duke’s Krzyzewski Shows Leaders How to Lead
Posted: October 31st, 2013
The major public threads of Mike Krzyzewski’s life – basketball, leadership, service to country – intersected briefly near the midpoint of Practice Number 20 for the 2013-14 Duke Blue Devils.
Krzyzewski strode the Cameron Indoor Stadium court the other day in a Duke blue shirt and black pants while players swirled through drills defined on a handwritten practice plan by purpose and time span. Assistant coaches Jeff Capel and Steve Wojciechowski pointed and barked; near the end of practice they would direct units wearing blue jersey tops (reserves) and white (starters) in a 12-minute scrimmage.
About the time this year’s ACC favorites engaged in a “5-on-0” drill, as described on the practice schedule, a contingent of approximately 50 outsiders slipped through portals covered by tarps declaring “Practice Closed” and filed into a specified section of the otherwise-empty arena.
The visitors were present by invitation, about half from Duke and half associated with the 2013 Leadership Summit at the Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
The summit group was made up of chief executives from a variety of entities. “Invitees represent those at the top of their industries who also care deeply about societal impact and leveraging their power and influence for the greater good,” according to promotional material about the summit. “Rethinking the Paradigm of Control” was the theme for this year’s annual event.
“Krzyzewski is so brilliant at leadership,” Sanyin Siang, executive director of the Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center, had said in a telephone interview. In keeping with the educational opportunity, some CEOs watched practice intently. Others chattered incessantly with a neighbor. As most everywhere in American society, a few attendees took the opportunity to give their cell phones a digital workout.
A smattering of young military men sat behind the civilians in the upper deck above the scorer’s table and team benches. From that vantage point the array of banners hanging from the rafters across the way – permanently celebrating retired jerseys and championships won – strongly resembled a collection of stationary, rectangular clouds.
The seating apparently was restricted to one area by design. Much as Dean Smith did at Tar Heel practices during his 36-year tenure as head coach at Chapel Hill, Krzyzewski kept his back to the outsiders as he addressed his team.
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