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Bobby Knight’s Keys to Success

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 19, 2013 10:46 AM |

Say what you want about legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight, but he won and played by the rules. Wound a little tight? No doubt. Abrasive? Clearly. Abusive? Nobody’s perfect.

Knight was run out of the University of Indiana by the administration after an ugly incident in which it was videotaped that he physically assaulted a player. He got what he deserved.

That said, the overwhelming percentage of his players swear by him. In a world of competitive sports where “rules are supposedly meant to be broken,” Knight’s programs were never sanctioned and the bulk of his players graduated.

While Knight’s personality may rub some people the wrong way, there are lessons we can learn from him as well. What are Knight’s 4 keys to successful and effective management? 

This 90 second clip is a good primer for anybody involved in running any organization.

The will to prepare to win.

The right personnel.

Providing proper and appropriate recognition for a job well done.

A strong bond of trust.

Words to live and work by from “the general”, Bobby Knight.

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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  • Randee

    So many wonderful, talented, decent people in collegiate athletics deserving of attention and you focus on Satan. Talk about tone deaf. Yes, Knight won many basketball games, but he alienated almost all of his peers and many of his players in the process. Your statement that his players overwhelmingly swear by him is uniformed. for such a renowned coach, many of his former players seem to have nothing to say about him, and he’s too vengeful to criticize.

    In the future when you write about sports, I hope you choose to say something positive about role models like tim Tebow, Alex Smith, Manny Pacquiao, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, John Wooden, Phil Mickelsen, Muhamed Ali, etc., etc, instead of bestowing sainthood on Bobby Knight.

  • LD

    You want John Wooden?

    Enjoy..!!






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