IT Management Slideshow: Management Advice from NBA Legends

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-27-2010

Management Advice from NBA Legends

"The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology." Red Auerbach

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Translation: The quality of your IT work should speak for itself.

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"Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study." Auerbach

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Translation: Talent alone isn't enough. Skillsets must be nurtured, cultivated.

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"A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it." Magic Johnson (now a successful entrepreneur)

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Translation: Cool tech isn't enough; need must exist.

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"I love coming to work. I never have a bad day." Magic

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Translation: A passionless approach can never make for a fulfilling career.

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"Basketball . is an improvisational game, similar to jazz. If someone drops a note, someone else must step into the vacuum and drive the beat." Phil Jackson

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Translation: IT leaders must be flexible enough to adapt to unexpected bumps in the road.

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"Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one." Jackson

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Translation: An IT organization isn't a place for solo performers. The whole is above the parts.

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"It's not where you start, but where you end up." Kevin Johnson

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Translation: Getting a great gig is only the beginning. You'll be remembered for what you did with it.

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"You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between." Pat Riley

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Translation: Don't sign on to a project if you lack commitment; a team is only as good as its weakest link.

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"If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better get out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony." Larry Bird

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Translation: Talk is cheap. Back it up with effort, results.

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