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Be like Mike, and trust your colleagues!


NBA championship series, 1997, Bulls vs. Jazz, Game 6, Bulls leading 3 games to 2. Witness one of the most profound moments in sports, a general lesson in managing, and what it means to be a team player.


Nobody, would have faulted Michael Jordan for taking the last shot, even if he was working through a double team. The announcer himself says, “It would be a scoop if anybody but Jordan take this shot…” But the greatest basketball player in history, put his faith in his teammate and was rewarded with another championship. Notice, during the video at the 40-50 second mark when Steve Kerr says, "I'll be ready", Jordan gives him just the slightest of nods.


Playing in position and trusting our coworkers is a key to creating a successful team. As a manager, we need to make sure everyone is "playing" where they are supposed to be, and understands their responsibilities. Having specific job roles and areas of play are not a sign of being rigid, rather a sign of a mature team where people know what's expected of them. "We're a startup, everyone does everything". That's often a recipe for disaster with too many cooks in the kitchen and people stepping on each other's toes all the time.


But it's not just about job descriptions and roles. As a manager and co-worker, we need to trust the people around us to do their jobs properly. That doesn't mean we don't give input where needed, but let them play the game! Too many managers feel the need to do the work of their employees due to lack of trust. If you can't trust someone to do the job then maybe it's time to start looking for a replacement.


So be like Mike and put your trust in your co-workers!

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