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Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success | [Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola]

Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success

For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in Beyond Basketball, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting audio essays that will educate and inspire. Each is centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences.
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For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in Beyond Basketball, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting audio essays that will educate and inspire. Each is centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences.

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  • Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, Motivational, 2007

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    Cathy Morison 11-22-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "A little disjointed"

    I had hoped that this book would engage my basketball mad boys, but they just weren't that into it. I listen to a lot of 'motivational' material, and this was OK, but probably not quite what I had expected. The format - taking a set of key words and talking about what they meant to him and his team - got a bit monotonous after a while. There wasn't a lot of flow, and I found myself in the end looking forward to 'Z' so that I could start the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    luke SOLON, IOWA, United States 01-14-13
    luke SOLON, IOWA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Beyond Basketball in three words, what would they be?

    There are many great people working with our young adults today. Coach K is one of the best.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Krzyzewski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My favorite of all of Coach K's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Lubbock, TX, United States 05-21-12
    Rex Lubbock, TX, United States 05-21-12
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    "Best I've listened to"
    If you could sum up Beyond Basketball in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Relevant. Intelligent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Basketball?

    Coach K's stories are just great. The one I thought was one of the best was when he was helping Coach Knight and he'd built up the courage to ask Coach Knight why the team wasn't having to run the killer drills that Coach Knight had Coach K run when he played for Coach Knight and Coach Knight responded "because they don't need the same drills." Too often we think that all training fits every situation and everyone and the key to building a winning team is understanding the difference.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Krzyzewski – was your favorite?

    Coach K's daughter and her advocating for a new family pet is priceless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An exceptional journey of discovery.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is a must hear; it's a part of physical book library now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Grapevine, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Brent Grapevine, TX, United States 03-13-12
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    "A Great Book on Basketball & Life"
    Would you listen to Beyond Basketball again? Why?

    Yes. So much information in the book it's hard to listen too just one time if you plan on taking the information and applying it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Basketball?

    As a coach myself I've taken Coach K's one word approach and passed it on to my team. We had one game where we were just getting out hustled. I called timeout and encouraged the team to hustle. From that point on throughout the game every time they broke huddle they did it with the word Hustle.

    Such a simple solution to any number of obstacles the team may experience on the court. Since then words like Focus, Intensity, Defense and Together we've used to unite the team towards the obstacles they face during that game.


    What does Mike Krzyzewski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Coach K has so many stories he uses to associate with what he's talking about in the book. Many of those stories I remember watching live on TV so they bring about a connection to the ideas he's trying to communicate in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. However, I write software for a living and I often prefer to listen to books over music. Because of that I've listened to this book between 10 - 20 times. I pick up on something new each time I hear it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book. Not just for basketball but in life. I've start using these single words with my six year old son. When he has a bad attitude day we sit and talk about it. Then randomly throughout the day I'll simply ask what's our word today? He will tell me the word and what it means. I'll follow up with how do you think your attitude is right now? And he'll tell me. This single word solution has also ended his nail biting as well. His mother and I would constantly call out

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    Michelle Sunnyvale, TX, United States 08-21-10
    Michelle Sunnyvale, TX, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Beyond Words"

    This book is so worthwhile for anyone, but especially parents of athletes and any young people with an interest in basketball, coaching, teaching, etc. I was not a huge Duke fan although I have always pulled for them and admired their program and Coach Krzyzewski's insights detailed in this book have made me happy to become a more ardent follower. He is a teacher and a friend, much like John Wooden, and I hope he keeps on discovering more words to add to his list and writes another book soon. Give this book to any basketball coach you know and they will love it and benefit from reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Parma, ID, United States 07-15-09
    Curtis Parma, ID, United States 07-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding"

    Whether you like Duke or not, this is a great book on life and leadership. Very entertaining.

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    Lorenzo GUADALAJARA, JALMexico 09-16-08
    Lorenzo GUADALAJARA, JALMexico 09-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "The best coaching book I've ever read"

    It's a great coaching book recomended to every coach both in business and in sports.

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    Christina Alexandria, VA, USA 06-07-08
    Christina Alexandria, VA, USA 06-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable if you are a Duke Fan"

    It was great to hear Coach K's stories, but to the extent it is being pitched as a business book, has little practical use.

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    Edward San Antonio, TX, United States 12-11-09
    Edward San Antonio, TX, United States 12-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "yechhh. . .motivational folderol"

    I love good sports audiobooks that give you insight into the sport. There isn't any such insight discussed here. It's just Tony Robbins like motivational junk. Awful cheesy statements on "100% happiness".

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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