What did you think of LeBron James' response from reporters after losing the championship to the Dallas Mavericks as to how Cleveland fans were responding to the Miami Heat's loss (or as Cleveland feels, LeBron's personal loss)? I personally thought it pretty good...to paraphrase: Everyone has problems and if for a short time they can forget their problems and shift their focus on this situation then it's fine. But tomorrow we all wake up and we still have our own problems. Can you imagine in a million years a client spewing out as much rath via every outlet possible as Lebron has taken for choosing to go to Miami? And how would you combat that?
Per a comment I made on another blog today (written by my buddy @albertqian), we would not blink an eye if 3-superstar technologists/entrepreneurs decided to get together to create a super-company. They would realize that their combined talents might ensure and enhance the level of their success. Yet we hold athletes to a separate standard. In business world = good business...in sports = stacking the deck against the rest of the league. Of course, some of it comes down to attitude. The Miami big-3 wanted to talk about winning countless championships...let the coronation begin. I'm with some of the beat writers, LeBron can go a long way towards repairing his image if he injects some humility into his demeanor. He could help the game by acknowledging the benefits of teamwork, and how he personally will work on teamwork going into the next season. If a client spews wrath, you gotta take it, and then come back with courtesy and acknowledge your client's issues without feeling the need for debate. Recognize that your goals are bigger than your pride.