Shaq’s Lesson in Team BuildingOn August 18, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Dwight Eisenhower said, “The greatest of leaders
are the ones smart enough to hire people smarter than them.” So that’s the first thing you
do. You’ve got to get four or five people that are smarter than you; you guys have to
work together; you guys have to start from the bottom, think about all the good ideas
and think about all the bad ideas. And if the good outweighs the bad then you should
go with it. If the bad outweighs the good then you should probably think about something
else. But that’s always been my philosophy. And I have guys that are very intelligent,
very smart work for me with my ideas, their intelligence, my intelligence. It’s been working
out pretty good so far. It’s not a dictatorship as a leader but I take input from everybody.
Like hey I don’t think we should do this or hey I think it’s a good idea. So most of the
time I am kind of voting without going through the voting process. So let’s just say there’s
five of us and three says I don’t think we should do it and to says we should do it,
I probably won’t do it. But when you’re on a team you have to do everything collaboratively.
And sometimes you’re not going to get along and sometimes you’re going to have an argument
but the respect factor is always there. And as long as you respect each other, you know,
treat everyone with respect and just listen to everybody’s views, it’s okay. One of my
favorite books is The One Minute Manager. So when I’m listening to my guys, first thing
is I don’t act like I know it all. So I hear suggestions. I put in my suggestions. We have
a couple meetings and then we just iron it out and we just figure it out. I learn every
day. But the good thing that has brought me on the way is I know how to win championships,
I know how to build teams so I have great teammates surrounding me. So anytime I get
into an adventure most of the time we know what we’re doing and if there’s a problem
we figure it out as a team.