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Rest In Peace, Dr. Jerry Buss

*From 2013, on the passing of Dr.  Jerry Buss.

The City of L.A. lost a legend today.

The NBA lost a great leader.

The World, lost an example of what it takes to go from nothing, to the top of the world.

While many are reacting to the loss of this Legendary Leader and Owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, some thoughts were shared by yours truly, concerning what we all can learn from the life this man lived.

Read it here! (*update 11/13/17 – this article is no longer available on Dr. Buss)

Jerry Buss, R.I.P.

Dr. Jerry Buss was a Winner for all time. He will be greatly missed.

Jerry Buss set an example of what a Good Owner does.

He hires the right people. He lets those people do their job. He treats his people like they matter; because they do.

*update 11/13/17 – We’ve had to update a few of our older articles on our platform, which comes to this one about Jerry Buss. The former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, helped mold a franchise into a winning environment. He translated many of his positive attitudes into the very fiber of the franchise, and has left an example that his children are now following. Namely, his daughter Jeani Buss, who was ‘right there’ learning from the master, and former Point guard Magic Johnson who now works as President of Basketball Operations.

Good owners inspire confidence in others, and make sure every aspect of their operation is running smooth. Dr. Jerry Buss was an excellent example of this, and many of his ‘close friends’ also operate successful Franchises (like Robert Craft, of the New England Patriots).

Read more about our Views on what makes Organizations Great:


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In other news, most people know I’m a HUGE Laker Fan – needless to say, the currently 10-14 Lakers are making things interesting once again … especially with the treatment of their former head coach, Phil Jackson – TMZ recently caught up with the ZEN Master, and you can see a VIDEO of what he had to say – No doubt, Phil Jackson is Getting The Last Laugh!

I’m also sure, Mike Brown is laughing some where too .. as I pointed out in a recent video, “sometimes it’s the Coach, Sometimes… its the Player!

In the case of the Lakers, SOME Players might need to go! …. Just sayin …

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We have to Win as a Team

Sports and Business have so many parallels as, is illustrated by many quotes in an article written up about Game 4 of the NBA Finals, between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’s a storied rivalry that drives the players in it to Perform – there is Pressure in both cities to WIN it all, especially against the other city’s team. Lakers Vs. Celtics = NBA :: this is what it’s all about really – as these two teams have the most Championships, and the most Appearances in the Finals – meanwhile, the Celtics have a 9-2 Record all time against the Lakers … which in a way, almost makes it a pretty One Sided Rivalry – adding even More Pressure to the Situation.

One of the star players for the Lakers, Lamar Odom, has created a reputation – over time – from habits formed that he’s now very use to; of Not stepping up when really, Really needed. As this article discusses, he’d rather Defer to other’s on the team, than Be All he’s capable of Being.

It’s one of the most frustrating things about Lamar : who is talented enough to basically BE Lebron James – yet…. he’s just Lamar Odom.

In Business, so many Talented people on a Team don’t step up and be MORE of what they could be, because … there are other talented people on the team too, and they’d rather just allow them to do all of the work, all the heavy lifting.

What makes Great companies great, is when they have the rare fortune of assembling a group of Talented people who All strive to be the VERY BEST They can be, in all situations, as often as they can :: When you get a ‘culture’ of people who Push and Strive for it – who Make things happen – who never give up — people who possess the spirit of Winners.

This is what many Laker fans of come to LOVE about Kobe Bryant; Clearly talented and yet, continues to push harder – to be even better – never satisfied – always improving; This motivates so many others with less talent to work Harder, and the results are, they contribute to the Winning their Teams do – in spite of not being, Kobe Bryant — one of the recent names that come to mind a fine example of this – Derrick Fisher : Who already had work ethic which got him drafted; but who’s commitment to continue striving towards excellent has put him in a position to knock down BIG – timely shots for the Lakers, helping in a big way in at least 4 Championships to this day.

“This is Lamar Odom in full. The personality that happily allows him to defer to others and at times makes him the ultimate third or fourth option is the same one that prevents him from assuming the pressure of stepping into an expanded set of responsibilities.

He’s always had the talent to be one of the elite players in the game. He just never had the desire to take the job.” – Dan Wetzel

I recently was shown an AWESOME video on Teamwork that illustrates all of the qualities that need to be in place for a Team to be successful :: If you admire the Airforce, and the men and women who Serve our Country, you will greatly Enjoy this Video.

It takes All of it.

Not Some of it….

Which is what many people Do in Business. I know first hand – I work with them all the time; and ya know, at some point I was like that as well :: we all are generally when we are NEW to this – and we don’t want to Step up and DO presentations for people. I didn’t have that problem though; I was willing to Present; Willing to Train ::: but I wasn’t always willing to go out and DO!

That’s big right?

If you want to make leader money, you gotta do more than teach it; you gotta do more than talk it – You’ve got to Walk it.

Lamar has Talent? Yea right … Show us.

That’s what the Laker fan has to say …….. That’s what your neighbor has to say when you share your Business :: and they don’t believe YOU will make any money in it; Why? They know you ………..

They know you quit everything you’ve ever started.

They know you’ve Never read a book about making MONEY in your life; and you don’t know if those ‘people’ with CEO’s Unlimited know what they are talking about … or Not.

And You’re not coming to Training, you’re not “practicing” – Or you show up but rarely take notes; don’t really pay attention, learn, or Change anything about your approach :: and you’re still saying WAY too much to people who now judge YOU instead of your OPPORTUNITY.

You’ve got to be Part of the Team.

In Business, in Network Marketing, you do not Represent You.

You Represent your Team….

You represent your Company – So you gotta do it Right; you gotta do it the way the Team has decided it needs to be Done; it’s not your Show – your time to be an Individual; Talent always rises to the Top.

You’ve got Talent? Yea right …. Show us.

Be ALL that you can be, while being PART of the Team – It’s not one or the other; It’s ALL of it :: it’s BOTH up to Lamar to Put it on his Shoulders, AND Up to the Team to put it on theirs too.

EVERYBODY has to do ALL of IT!

If you are to Win in Sports… Just like if you are to Win in Business – YOU need to WIN – as a TEAM.

You Tell ’em Captain!

“Abdul-Jabbar says NBA entry age should be 21”

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer9 hours, 18 minutes ago

To read the full story :

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says the NBA should raise its minimum age for entry into the league to 21.

The NBA’s career scoring leader and center on the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1980s “Showtime” teams said Wednesday there’s a disturbing sense of entitlement among many of today’s young pros.

“They get precocious kids from high school who think they’re rock stars— ‘Where’s my $30 million?’ ” said Abdul-Jabbar, who was in Omaha to speak at the B’nai B’rith sports banquet. “The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game.”

The 63-year-old Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson led the Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s. Before Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989, he set the NBA record for career points (38,387), MVP selections (six) and All-Star selections (19).


What do you think of what He’s saying?

I sort of agree, but feel there may be other solutions outside of upping the age of entry – Many great achievers like to see others work as hard, if not harder than they had to, before they get awards and pats on the back; I tend to agree with that – hard work makes you appreciate the accolades much more. I’ll use Sports to bring home points about success, and winning.

That being said … How would you deal with this issue of young ‘starts’ and their poor attitudes of entitlement?

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