5 Leadership Lessons From The NBA Draft
Three of the most uneventful hours in televisionÂ have becomeÂ the annual NBA Draft.Â That’s sad because for years it was one of my favorite events of the year.Â However, with so many players coming out earlyÂ who are unknown andÂ unprepared, the drama of the draft has all but diminished.
That being said, we can still take away several leadership principles that are transferable to any organization we are a part of.Â Leaders, see how you are doing in these areas.
- Today’s Decisions Determine Tomorrow’s SuccessÂ - Several player tradesÂ were made for cash or future considerations.Â Much of this was done in hopes of teams freeing up resources so they can becomeÂ major players in the upcoming free agent signing period.Â
- Better Have A Plan B – Chicago, Cleveland, New York, New Jersey, Miami, and even the Los Angeles Clippers have positioned themselves for the opportunity toÂ acquire the services ofÂ LeBron James.Â 5 of those teams will not succeed.Â Understanding James will take a minimum of one additional superstar free agent with him, some teams will have some major holes to fill.Â For more information, check out Options – 4 Practices That Can Change Your Life.
- Specific Skill Sets – Why do the San Antonio Spurs continue to add quality complimentary players to their team despite drafting in the 20s every year?Â They draft players with specific skills.Â James Anderson of Oklahoma State, selected with the 20thÂ pick,Â was the finest shooter in the draft.Â Similarly, I trust CelticsÂ GM Danny AingeÂ for the same reason.Â After drafting RajonÂ Rondo at 21, Glen “Big Baby” Davis at 35, and now Luke HarangodyÂ in the 2nd round, I trust Ainge’s judgement as well.
- Prepare or RepairÂ – The five best rookies in the NBA next year will be Blake Griffin, John Wall, Evan Turner,Â Wesley Johnson, and Gordon Hayward.Â Â Four of those played multiple years in college.Â The extraÂ time spent provides increasedÂ fundamentals as well asÂ physical and emotional maturity.Â They have higher basketball IQs.Â See Adding Leaders for more information.
- Leadership AlignmentÂ - The Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Kevin PritchardÂ at the conclusion of the draft for what was described as “philosophical differences”.Â Pritchard transitioned the team from the “Jail Blazers” to a talented young team that is a healthy Greg Oden away fromÂ providing a serious challenge to the Lakers.Â Along with the dismissalÂ of VP of Basketball Operations Tom Penn, an unnecessary parting of waysÂ has taken place.Â A growing organization suffered a major setback this week becauseÂ of a dysfunctional leadership environment.
Proactive Decisions. Plan Bs. Complimentary Skills on Your Team. Preparation. Chemistry, Unity, and Alignment.Â Leaders, how are you doing?
In conclusion and as a gift to you, check out ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb’s analysis of the winners and losers of this year’s draft.Â See if you agree.