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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. The word, or course, means to convey a message. In order to communicate with your teammates, coworkers, or family, you must ask yourself and one another two critical questions:

How do we talk to one another?

How do we listen?

My team has one rule regarding communication: when you talk to one another, you look each other in the eye.

In our team’s prepation, there are three systems that I and my coaching staff try to instill. Of course, there is an offensive system and a defensive system consisting of basketball X’s and O’s, but there is also a communication system.

On our Duke Basketball teams, I never want to be the only communicator. In order for a message to get across, it must be echoed by every member of the group.

From “Beyond Basketball” by Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie Spatola