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Coach K on Jabari Parker:

"He doesn't have any demons. He doesn't drink or party or have a problem with authority. Those things rob you of your love of preparation for the game."

- Sports Illustrated, 2/22/2014, p57
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Carmen Policy, on the perils of success:

"Now when things are really headed in a direction of success, that’s when the turmoil begins."

And on clashing egos:

"It sometimes just takes someone who’s got entrée to each side and who has a position to be able to weigh in to slow things down. Ultimately what you’ve got to do is make sure that each side understands some of the thinking and some of the concerns of the other side.

When you do that, you can slow it down a bit. When you slow it down, if there’s anything in the relationship, then you can make it work

If there’s no relationship, no good will, no friendship… well…"
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Hugh Macleod:

"We try to reverse-engineer the universe from our own ego. Hilarity ensues."
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Nick Young, on perseverance and pride:

"This is hard. We're losing, and we're losing players daily. It's frustrating, but we've still got to get up and play basketball. Nobody wants to get embarrassed. You've got to still take pride in that Lakers uniform."
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Kobe on Phil:

"Phil’s philosophies are different, to say the least, in terms of how he teaches the game and how he coaches the game. There’s some X’s and O’s to it, obviously. But he teaches players, he teaches guys how to play. He teaches from a place of Zen, he teaches from a place of emotional balance. And it’s hard to duplicate that. It’s hard to replicate that. It has to be something that’s a part of you.

The system is predicated on the spirituality of the game. In terms of being in the moment and reacting to situations, balance. How [Jackson] teaches the system comes directly from his beliefs and his philosophies spiritually."
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Mike Hadlow, on the perils of "hard work" in programming:

"The appearance of hard work is often an indication of failure. Software development often isn't done well in a pressurized, interrupt driven, environment. It’s often not a good idea to work long hours. Sometimes the best way of solving a difficult problem is to stop thinking about it, go for a walk, or even better, get a good night’s sleep and let your subconscious solve it."
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Hugh MacLeod:

"I spend a great deal of time every day, telling myself how much better I could be doing. In life, in relationships, in career, there’s no shortage of reasons to feel inadequate.

Beating oneself up with a cudgel, as the expression goes.
The thing is, I’m not alone. We ALL do that. We just like to pretend on Twitter that we don’t, that we’re all just swimming in a vast sea of awesome."

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Wisdom from Bob Lewis, in 2 parts.

1) Metrics prevent good things from happening:

"Certifications are metrics, which is to say they’re supposed to be a way of telling whether or not someone has achieved the results they’re supposed to achieve. What, you thought a metric had to be a number?

And every time the metric becomes the point, whether it’s a college student wanting a diploma instead of an education; a supplier wanting ISO-9000 certification instead of wanting top-notch internal processes; or a retailer seeking PCI compliance instead of well-protected customer data … every time the metric becomes the point it prevents something good from happening.

And once you have a metric, it rare that it doesn't become the point."


2) Testing measures motivation, not mastery:

"Boiled down to basics, certification means passing a test. So far, so good — tests are designed to gauge knowledge and competence. But (and you knew “but” was hanging over that sentence like the Sword of Damocles) …

Those taking the test have a personal stake in passing that exceeds their personal stake in acquiring knowledge and becoming competent. If they’re job-seekers their careers depend on it; if they’re retailers, their ability to receive payments with something other than cash depends on it, if they’re cramming for the SAT their college entrance and future careers depend on it.

Those who seek certifications are incented to pass the test. Achieving actual competence becomes the byproduct, not the point."
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Mike D’Antoni, on positive leadership:

"They’re trying and going in the right direction and trying to do the right thing. We’re just shorthanded and overmatched sometimes, quite frankly. The biggest thing is the leader that Pau is keeps everybody’s spirits up and stays positive and comes to work every day and tries to put a good foot forward."
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Dave Winer on blogging:

"Reporters project the qualities of reporting on blogging, and find it fails. Sigh. Because blogging !== reporting. Not the same thing. Not used the same way. Different qualities."

"When you project the qualities of another medium on blogging, you'll find it wanting. That's not much of a revelation."
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