Anyone who watched the finals between Oklahoma City and the Miami Heat can say without a shadow of a doubt that they were witnessing a fight where the best and the brightest stepped up nightly to be the catalyst and key teammate for their team. It was something to watch as up until the 4th NBA match, the winners were not really clear until the end of the 4th quarter. The Miami Heat arose as the victors of the series with a 4-1 series win against OKC. Let’s look at just 5 important lessons we can learn from LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the NBA Finals.
1. Each of us has the opportunity to be on the winning side of business. How? Well first, it’s important to have the right teammates in place, a certain skill set and resilience to keep on fighting even when it seems everyone is rooting for you to lose. It’s the score at the end of the game that matters. If you end up on top, you repeat the process again tomorrow, only you do it better.
2. You can't do it all yourself. Having a good team in place to work with you to accomplish the goals of the business is key. You need a go-to man who knows the goals of the business and puts you in position to win.
3. Even in the face of adversity, you can still get through it. You may not get through unscathed, but you’ll do it just the same. LeBron, in my opinion, gave his all to Cleveland while he was a prominent figure on the team. Even with that, when he decided to play with another team in the hopes of obtaining his goal of winning a championship ring, Cleveland shunned him. They went as far as to boo him, to sully his name and question his character. What did he do tonight? He showed Cleveland and all the other naysayers that it doesn’t matter what you say about me. I (LeBron) am the only one who can determine how I press on. In business, this is paramount. There may be many who will not support your path or set goals, but you are the only one who can determine if it matters or not.
4. Action speaks louder than words. When the media harped on an alleged negative comment by OKC player, Serge Ibaka related to LeBron, he down played the comment showing that what Ibaka allegedly said, really didn’t matter. The game is played on the court. May the best team win. In business, it’s important not to lose your focus. Keep to the strategic blueprint you've designed to see it played out as you’ve imagined and planned for.
5. Finally, when you are on the winning side as the Miami Heat are tonight, win with dignity. LeBron enthusiastically jumped and celebrated with the crowd in his hometown arena, but once the game was won, he congratulated the OKC players one by one for the game and its intensity. Celebrate your win but never forget that your opponents are doggedly at your heals.
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