Say No To Yes Men Michael Jordan
One of my favorite NBA players of all time is Michael Jordan. Sadly his basketball skill, genius, and will to win have not translated well to the business side of things. His Charlotte Bobcats made history by completing the worst season ever. Some speculate he is surrounded by yes men who don’t challenge His Airness. I hate conflict and disagreements and through the years I have had my share. But seeing MJ struggle so mightily with basketball operations, I have a better appreciation for conflict, opposing views, and constructive criticism. He dominated on the court, but it’s obvious to see that there are more players involved in running a NBA franchise.
Michael if you are reading this, please clean house this off season and surround yourself with basketball people who are strong enough to stand up to you. For everyone else, if you want more success in whatever you do, how is your team and support system? Are you surrounded by yes men? If you are, you too need to clean house and align yourself with intelligent, hardworking people who are also strong enough to check and balance you. You may not help a franchise win a NBA championship, but you will take one step closer to success.