Tom Izzo on Inspiring Your Team

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says “championships and great seasons are won in locker rooms.” Over two decades-plus, his leadership has produced an NCAA championship and 16 NBA draft picks. In this exclusive interview, author and contributing editor Don Yaeger takes a deep look at Izzo’s success on and off the court.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection March 2016 edition.



  • Tom Izzo shares the fundamental difference between inspiration and motivation when it comes to teamwork
  • Why taking ownership is the difference maker in team success
  • Why Izzo has two sets of goals written on a 3×5 index card and what you can borrow from that practice


Favorite Quote From This Episode:

“Learn to listen and listen to learn. As bosses, we don’t listen enough.” — Tom Izzo


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