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When I was growing up, I was in love with the Chicago Bulls. Which child wasn't? I think we all wanted to be like Michael Jordan when we grew up.
Obviously, I didn't make it into the NBA. After watching ESPN's documentary miniseries The Last Dance, I'm still inspired by the Chicago Bulls and their six title victories. As an adult and business owner, the leadership hours sewn throughout the series were particularly meaningful.
1. It starts with a small win.
It was the 1982 NCAA championship between the Jordanian UNC Tar Heels and Patrick Ewings Georgetown Hoyas. At that time Jordan was just a newbie with a baby face. But after winning the series with one shot, there was no denying that a leader was born.
"That (game-winning shot) changed my name from Mike to Michael Jordan," he said during The Last Dance. "It gave me the confidence that I had to start outdoing myself with basketball."
In short, that was the first step he had to take to become one of the best basketball players who have ever played the game
What can you learn from it? Confirm your winnings regardless of size.
"Small profits can give people a huge emotional boost and really increase their intrinsic motivation for what they do and lead to creativity," said Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School at The Executive Edge: An Inside Guide to Outstanding Leadership .
"In one of our studies, when we analyzed this data, we found that people who made progress in their work were more likely to feel emotionally positive about themselves and their activities." And they "come up with a creative idea".
2. Failure is part of the path to success.
As someone who has experienced business failures and some personal setbacks, I am the first to admit that it sucks. Nobody intends to invest the time and effort to start a company just to break it down. But that's only part of life and it has even turned its ugly head around icons like Jordan.
During his illustrious career, Jordan played games while fighting food poisoning. He suffered a broken foot, which almost brought his career to a standstill in 1985. These were heartbreaking casualties, and he continued to play even after his father's tragic loss.
How did he deal with these mistakes? Well, Jordan once said famously, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to shoot and miss the game-winning shot. I've always had and in my life keeps failing and that's why I'm successful. "
Jordan, along with successful people like Steve Jobs and Jobs Gates, knew that failure was not only inevitable. It also became part of his success story.
"You may have failed and lost something that was important to you," wrote Peter Kamurai Chibayamombe in his book "More Than A Conqueror". "Don't despair and don't lose heart." Instead, use failure as a learning opportunity, "and keep doing what you love."
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3. Find your intrinsic motivation.
When it comes to motivation, there are two types. There are extrinsic factors like money or awards. However, the intrinsic motivation that drives you because you want to explore, grow, learn or realize your potential is even more powerful.
While Jordan definitely earned his millions, TLD did an interesting job and highlighted his self-motivation. For example, Jordan urged himself to be a better player than his older Larry. There was also fictional rivalry with Washington's LaBradford Smith, who, after beating Chicago, reportedly said, "Nice game, Mike."
Smith didn't say that. But Jordan used that to dominate Washington the next night.
There were also times when Karl Malone was appointed MVP in 1997. Jordan used this as a fuel to improve Malone's Utah Jazz in this year's NBA final.
Obviously, some of these tactics may have gone too far. However, it only shows how intrinsically motivated a lightning rod can be when you need it.
4. You have to surround yourself with a diverse team.
Having the best player in the world doesn't hurt. But even his airiness admitted that the Bulls' success was due to the players around him.
"I would never be able to find a tandem, another support system, another basketball game partner like Scottie Pippen," said Jordan in The Last Dance. "It was incredible to play with him … he helped me a lot as I approached the game, as I played the game."
"Whenever you speak to Michael Jordan, you should also speak to Scottie Pippen," he added. "I've won all the championships, but I couldn't have won them without Scottie Pippen." And: "That's why I consider him my best teammate ever."
However, it wasn't just pipping. The front office armed MJ with an incredible trainer in Phil Jackson and Tex Winter who taught them the triangle offense. They also hired Dennis Rodman to improve their defense, and Jordan was able to turn to reliable role players like James Paxson or Steve Kerr when needed.
Just like the bulls, great managers surround themselves with talents that complement their strengths. More importantly, they are aware of their weaknesses and aim to find people who close these gaps.
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5. Continuous self improvement is a must.
The Bulls and Pistons had a heated rivalry in the late 80s and early 90s. After all, they faced each other in four consecutive postseasons from 1988 to 1991. Detroit won because of the “Jordan Rules” for the first three of these series.
As Isiah Thomas explained, the strategy was to "play him hard, physically challenge him, and vary his defenses to bring him out of balance." What did Jordan do? He changed his training regiment to build muscle.
"I was brutally beaten up," said Jordan in the fourth episode of the series. "And I wanted to give pain. I wanted to start defending myself." That's exactly what he did in the summer of 1990.
This is just one of several examples that Jordan has realized that if he wants to be successful, he needs to improve various aspects of his game.
In addition to Jordan, The Last Dance also provided a fascinating insight into how Rodman became such a great rebounder. "I just practiced a lot about the angle of the ball and its trajectory," he said. "Basically, I just learned how to put myself in the position to get the ball."
If you want to be the best, you have to prioritize self improvement. It can be like Rodman to improve an existing skillset, or like Jordan by identifying and improving a weakness.
6. Managers trust and strengthen their teams.
Jordan didn't always paint the last dance in the best light. However, one thing was certain: if you could earn his respect, he had all the confidence in the world in you.
James Paxson and Steve Kerr are perfect examples of this. Jordan placed the ball in the hands of Paxson during the 1993 NBA final. The result? He hit the game-winning shot in Game 6. Fast forward to Game 6 of the 1997 final, and this time Jordan Kerr trusted. And like Paxson, he rewarded the Bulls with the game winner.
Managers also have to trust their teams and strengthen them. After all, it is the foundation of all great relationships.
"When you get this support, you clear the way for them to get the job done," Howie Jones of Calendar wrote. "You can't do everything yourself. If you try, you may lose connection and your team members may stop sharing ideas with you."
7. You have to go the way.
Jordan was a little fool to say the least. I do not suggest that you repeat his behavior. But he also worked harder than anyone else on the team. He made sacrifices and sought perfection. At the same time as he says, "The only thing about Michael Jordan was that he never asked me to do something he didn't do."
In other words, he went on the call.
"When you see your leader working extremely hard in practice, you feel like," Oh boy, if I don't give it all I shouldn't be here, "said his former teammate Horace Grant. It's exactly the same mentality that you should have as a leader.
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8. You have to be decisive.
When it was time for the crisis, Jordan challenged the ball and clung to sinking split-second shooters. He trusted his instincts and skills. More importantly, he didn't have time to think it over.
Everyone in a leadership role will also feel the pressure to make last-minute decisions. This requires a lot of courage and self-confidence – especially when it comes to backfire. But leaders like Jordan know that you have to live with it even if you make a bad choice. And you have to learn from experience so that you don't repeat the same mistake.