Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced “sha-SHEF-ski”) is amazing. As Coach K prepares to lead the Duke men’s basketball team to yet another run at the Final Four, consider what he’s already accomplished:
- Four national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010),
- Four gold medals as head coach of USA men’s national team, and
- 980 career wins (most in NCAA history).
To truly appreciate the magnitude of his accomplishments, look at his 14-page biography on the Duke men’s basketball website.
Coach K’s phenomenal success as a coach and leader begs the question: How does he do it?
Obvious reasons are that he’s talented, disciplined and works hard. A lot of coaches fit that description, though, so there must be something more that differentiates Coach K and provides Duke men’s basketball a sustainable competitive advantage.
Coach K grew up in Chicago. He attended an all-boys Catholic high school then went on to an all-male West Point, where he played basketball under the driven, domineering, perfectionist coach Bobby Knight.…
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Rough week for FINRA: Mason Braswell at InvestmentNews took FINRA to task for the lack in transparency when it comes to firms reporting diversity data. But that was nothing compared to tag-team smack down FINRA absorbed from the Wall Street Journal and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. WSJ went after the self-regulatory organization for not doing an adequate job of keeping track of brokers’ regulatory violations, criminal misconduct and other “red flags.” Then the PIABA followed-up by releasing a study that found FINRA “‘routinely’ strips out some possible red flags on brokers from its database in the information it makes available to investors.” So not only is FINRA not catching all the misconduct it should. It is also deleting some of the misconduct it actually does catch. Ouch!
Recently, social psychologists discovered a problem most of us have in preparing for the future: we think of our future selves as strangers — as different people altogether. Valuable insight into this problem is provided in research by two university educators — Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor in the marketing department of New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and author of “The Willpower Instinct.”
In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged. Hershfield says that “looking ahead in time and feeling a sense of connection to one’s future self can impact long-term financial decision-making, converting a consumer into a saver.” People with this “future self-continuity” also accumulate more assets than others, including owning their own homes and having bigger bank accounts.…
SmartBrief Education has been on the ground this week, bringing readers coverage of the 2014 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, held in Austin, Texas, March 3-6. Here’s a roundup of our top stories.
SXSWedu keynote: Closing the achievement gap begins at the ground level
Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education and 2014 SXSWedu keynote speaker, developed early in his life the belief that education was a pathway to solving the world’s problem. Paige grew up in Monticello, Miss., during segregation, when “there were two worlds, a white world and a black world.” Read more.
Educational technology for a better classroom experience
Educational technology should not be intrusive in the classroom. It should be designed in a way that makes the most of the real world of teachers, families and students, according to SXSWedu keynote speakers Vivienne Ming and Norma Ming, co-founders of educational technology startup Socos. Read more.
Student voice: Social and mobile learning @SXSWedu (read more…)
From advice on taking better selfies — and better photos in general — to tips on getting clear audio when recording video with a mobile device, young filmmakers from John B.…
For generations, U.S. growers produced thousands of different varieties of apples with diverse flavors, colors, textures and uses. Years of cultivating only the few types we typically see in supermarkets got us out of the heirloom habit but, while many of the early varieties are lost to us forever, others are having a renaissance as chefs, home cooks and fruit fans find much to like in their varied flavor profiles. Chefs ranked heirloom apples fifth on the list of hot produce trends for 2014 in the National Restaurant Association’s annual survey.
Heirloom apples may be strictly defined as apples that go back centuries, and once in a while some of those varieties are rediscovered in yards and fields that have been neglected for decades, says Claris Ritter, produce manager for Alfalfa’s market in Boulder, Colo. It’s more likely, though, that when we say heirloom apples these days we’re really talking about a broader group that includes heritage and hybrid apples that have been purposely bred to create a new combination of crispness and sweetness.…