Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Too bad we can't all hire Magic

LinkedIN is doing an interesting series within their Influencers news section with How I Hire. A bunch of executives tell tales of how they unearth top performers, weed through the BS, and throw people off script to get beneath the surface. Recent LI superstar Sallie Krawchuk recently wrote a piece on how she hires You can't build a team with all Point Guards.

As a basketball fan I was immediately drawn in. Her main point is that we often seek good leaders and team-first guys. As a leader and a ball player lacking in height, I've always love the point position. Your goal is to put others in a position to succeed. A great PG to keep them all together, and play the right style at the right time. In truth, all winning teams actually require role players, or specialists. Perhaps even some selfish folks.

What struck a chord with me, is that a good point guard, like a good leader must understand the strengths and weaknesses of the team and adapt his or her style. Case in point : Earvin Magic Johnson, as a rookie in the NBA Finals no less, the great Kareem Adbul-Jabbar missed the potential title-winning game 6. Lakers were very nervous. Magic took it upon himself to start at centre and lead his team to victory playing the 5. He wasn't a traditional 5, but he played one of the most remarkable games ever - out of position.

 The right leader will play the role the team needs in order to succeed, whether it's their strength or not. I think an all-PG team could win with the right PGs playing the diverse roles needed. (Magic, DRose, Oscar Robertson, Jason Kidd, John Stockton )

I definitely think they'd beat the All - any other position team. Yes even the Shooting Guards...

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Magic moves to center, beats Sixers for title
You can't build a team with all Point Guards