Red Auerbach: The Harvard Business Review Interview

Part 10

HBR: Now that you're president of the Celtics, what is your relationship with the coaching staff?

AUERBACH: It's simple. I don't interfere with the coaches of the team. If they have a problem or something is on their minds, they come to me and we discuss it. But it's only when they ask. Because the worst thing a guy in my position can do is interfere. You see it on so many other teams, where the general managers feel they know more than the coaches and the scouts and they really interfere. I think the players sense that, and it breeds discord. It affects the team's chemistry.

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