Forbes.com published an article earlier today that focused on the CEO of Converse, Jim Calhoun, and his comparison of coaching basketball to being a CEO. The article is seemingly short, and appears to be lacking in content, however, Calhoun manages to drive home a few solid points.
On the role of a team:
“A coach is forced to rely on the people he’s assembled and the guidance he’s given them.”
On making a game plan:
“It’s never scripted the way you imagine. The team’s ability to work through those unexpected issues and come out the other end with a victory—that’s what I manage.”
On building a progressive culture:
” I’m open to discussing ideas from non-traditional places.”
“Eventually she [an employee] wore me down. But I didn’t relent because I thought it would succeed. I relented because I thought empowering her was a good idea.”