Monthly Archives: June 2012

Difficult decisions & Times of Change

It’s often said that you don’t show your true colours as a leader until you are forced  to make a tough decision. I do believe in this, and that the very essence of leadership is about showing true grit in times of uncertainty and when emotions can get in the way. I tend to think it’s easy when things are going well. As a manager and leader of people, it’s never easy to give the news of budget cuts or even harder to let roles and people go – which is happening a lot these days with the uncertainty of global economic markets. To some, people you work with are literally family, spending over 40 hours a week together. And when you have to be the bearer of bad news it’s never easy. So you appreciate the emotion that can affect people. But  how, as a leader, do you pick up the pieces and ensure the rest of your team continues to push ahead with your vision in the face of challenging times?

As a leader you can’t hide behind your decisions. When things change and people depart, there’s always a sense of uncertainty, emotion, shock and confusion. Give people peace of mind and be honest about the what and the why. I think that as a leader a core skill is to be authentic and genuine. Show that as much as you’re a manager and a leader, at the end of the day, you are human. To me that’s when you gain the respect of your peers and your team. As much as it can be daunting, building that “leadership mettle” is a critical step to advancing ones’ career. I can guarantee that in any career, there will always be ups and downs. Enjoy the ups, but make use of the downs. They can be invaluable.

You’ve really got to put things in perspective. Is life fair? No. Of course not. But we’re all dealt the hand we’re given and we have to push on.


The Dream Team

20 years on and without doubt the finest collection of basketball players on one team ever. 11 Professionals and 1 College player. All 11 pros in the Basketball Hall of Fame & (apart from Chris Mullin) all in the NBAs Top 50 Greatest basketball players of all time. I still remember as a teenager hearing news about the Dream Team. You serious? Basically an NBA All Star team at the Olympics? In 1992, basketball was just reaching new heights. And this would propel the NBA and basketball into an even bigger spotlight

This great documentary just released by NBA TV takes us on the journey on the establishment and the trials & tribulations of the finest basketball team ever – original Dream Team. A must see for basketball aficionados. The old heads Magic and Bird going for one last hurrah, the torch being passed to Michael Jordan, and Malone & Barkley going at it to be known as the best Power Forward in the game. Yes you won’t miss the cockiness and the arrogance, but there’s no denying they were the best of the best.

Yes people will remember Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. But for you late bloomers to basketball, who were the other guys? Their resumes are pretty impressive:

Karl Malone: The Mailmain considered by many to be one of the top Power Forwards of all time. Played 18 years with the Utah Jazz and 1 with the Lakers. Career averages of 25.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Second all time leader in points with 36,928 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 2x League MVP and 14x NBA All Star, he made 3 NBA Finals appearances losing to the Bulls in successive years and to the Pistons (in his final year as a Laker).

John Stockton: Played 19 years with Utah and perfected the pick and roll with the Mailman. A true point guard at 6-1 his court vision was simply amazing. Career averages of 13.1 ppg and 10.5 apg. All time leader in assists with 15,806 assists. A 10x NBA All Star, he made 2 NBA Finals appearances losing to the Bulls in successive years.

Chris Mullin: A sharp shooting south paw, he played 16 years with Golden State & Indiana. Part of the famous Run TMC with Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond (a 90’s rendition of Showtime!). Career averages of 18.2 ppg, 50.9% FG and 86.6% FT. A 5x NBA All Star.

Scottie Pippen: Jordan’s sidekick for 6 NBA championships in the 90’s. Pretty much the prototypical “do-all” small forward who could score, defend and play big or small. Played 17 years mainly with The Bulls, alongside stints with the Rockets & Trailblazers. Career averages of 16.1 ppg and 5.2 apg. A 7x NBA All Star.

Charles Barkley: The “Round Mound of Rebound” – he was never shy with what he had to say and still in’t as an analyst with TNT! Played 16 years with the 76ers, Suns and Rockets. Career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg. 1x League MVP and 11x NBA All Star. Made it to the NBA Finals once with the Suns, losing to the Bulls who embarked on the start of their second 3-peat.

Christian Laettner: The Duke posterboy who won 2x NCAA championships. Played 13 years with 6 NBA teams and had an “average” career. Career averages of 13.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg. 1x NBA All Star.

David Robinson: The Admiral played all 14 years with the San Antonio Spurs teaming with Tim Duncan to form the “Twin Towers” in winning 2 NBA championships. Chiseled physique who had a unique ability to run and floor hard for a big man. Career averages of 21.1 ppg & 10.6 rpg. 1x League MVP and a 10x NBA All Star.

Patrick Ewing: The former Gergetown Hoya played 17 years mainly with the Knicks. Known for his patented “fall away” jumper in the post. Who could forget those tough series between the Knicks and Bulls of the 90s and the match ups between Ewing and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon. Career averages of 21.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg. 11x NBA All Star who made it to the NBA FInals once where his Knicks lost in 7 games to Hakeem and the Rockets.

Clyde Drexler: Clyde “the Glide” Drexler played 15 years with the Blazers and Rockets capturing a championship with the Rockets alongside Hakeem Olajuwon. Career averages of 20.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg. A 10x NBA All Star.

And this is them today….20 years on. If you’re a true basketball fan, you will appreciate them as a team, but also how it changed the landscape of basketball globally. Names like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginoboli – you can chase their beginnings back to 1992 and what happened with the Dream Team.


Marketing Battleship: Seth Godin V Guy Kawasaki

Seth Godin a highly successful author, marketing expert and entrepreneur.  He founded Yoyodyne, one of the first online marketing companies, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. Marketing approach = emphasises the idea of building communities and delivering value – rather than pursuing people / business with marketing tricks.

His Blog: http://sethgodin.typepad.com
His Twitter: @ThisIsSethsBlog


Guy Kawasaki
was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984, now a best selling author with books like Rich Dad Poor Dad. Marketing approach =  recognising the potential in creating an audience that is not merely interested in a product, but one that is dedicated to it.

His Blog: http://blog.guykawasaki.com
His Twitter: @GuyKawasaki

Who do you want in your corner? Lets get ready to rumbbbbbbbbbbble! Round 1. Fight!

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