How are you improving your game?

There’s little argument that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of my generation…six NBA championships and enough jaw-dropping highlights to keep a fan on Youtube.com for hours. When MJ first came into the league, his high-flying circus dunks were a staple on ESPN sports center and helped turn the rookie into an international icon.
But, they also masked one glaring weakness…a mediocre perimeter jump shot. For all his explosive highlight-reel dunks, MJ wasn’t all that great an outside shooter. Of course, MJ being the competitor he was, wasn’t about to leave a hole in his game. He got in the gym and worked…and worked…and worked.
Fast forward to the 1998 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz…in one flurry, MJ nailed six three-pointers. In what has become one of his signature video moments, MJ headed back down court after draining another three, arms spread, grin on his face, as if to say “even I’m surprised.” But, in truth, his hot streak wasn’t a stroke of luck. It was the product of years of hard work, adding a new skill to an already impressive repertoire.
What can we learn from MJ in business? Even when it appears you are at the peak of your game, there’s always room to acquire another skill. That’s probably never been more important than it is today…times are tough, and the more you can do to improve your game, the better you can compete in this ultra-competitive market.
Here’s a couple links to some professional development events that I’ve either attended or been invited to in the past few months. I highly recommend the social media seminars put on by Charlie Wollborg and Terry Bean (http://www.curvedetroit.com/connecthome.html) and if my schedule permits, I’ll be attending this MotorCityConnect event on March 24 at Automation Alley (http://tinyurl.com/cjaq25).
If you have an event or know of an event, leave a link in the comments section below.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for reminding me to watch this again:

    Still better than any business motivation book can teach, and in under 30 seconds no less.

    Of course, you then painfully reminded me of “the shot” over Ehlo in Cleveland in ’89. Aaaarrrgghhh….

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