Those of you who know me will wonder what on earth I am doing referencing The University of North Carolina when my alma mater and my husband’s alma mater are pretty far removed and often bitter sports rivals with this school.
The answer is simply that there are a lot of business lessons that can be learned from sports and coaching. So now that the college basketball season is over, I will be a good sport and set aside these rivalries to outline some valuable guidelines from Dean Smith for teams and leadership. (I just refuse to do it in powder blue!)
1. Play Together
2. Play Hard
3. Play Smart
- Be honest with your players.
- Demand unselfish play.
- Praise unselfish play.
- Recruit unselfish players and make sure they are compatible with your philosophy.
- Respect your players; never embarrass or criticize them in public.
From A Coach’s Life: My Forty Years in College Basketball (Random House)