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The Importance of Being Coachable

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A few days ago my friend Tim Boivin sent me this article about NBA star (and future Hall of Famer) Tim Duncan. The article quotes an open letter from Tony Parker, who explains that the San Antonio Spurs’ winning culture was largely driven by the coachability of Duncan. The article talks about how Duncan’s success meant he didn’t really have to listen to anyone, as many stars in various sports choose to do.

Instead, Duncan took coaching like he was trying to make the team as the last player rather than leading it as its top player. That attitude permeated the rest of the team. You can imagine the players who were just barely hanging on seeing how coachable Duncan was, and telling themselves, “I’d better fall in line too.”

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