5 Business Lessons I Learned from LeBron




A great partnership or business is one where there is an even exchange.

A few weeks ago I was posted up downtown at the W on Elm to watch the NBA playoffs and we were having a discussion about burnout and feeling like the weight of the world is on our shoulders.  Business was moving but it seemed like we were going through a weird cycle.  The weather was changing, well laid plans were taking a crazy detour and we were wondering why things just seemed like such the struggle all of a sudden.  The game started right when our food arrived and I witnessed a moment of the Cavs taking a bunch of L’s.  Was LeBron playing by himself?  Fast forward to today, as I listened to Steven A. and Max have a discussion about the possibility of Lebron going to another team, a bright light bulb popped up in my head.

There’s many lessons from watching Lebron on the court, but here are my top 5 that I learned for business:


  1. If your team is not pulling their weight, it’s ok to move on.  Good business is mutually beneficial.  Sometimes loyalty and personal connections can keep us in a position where we hit a ceiling and we’re not growing any further.  If the people on your team is not riding for you as hard as you ride for them or if they hit a plateau, then that is your cue to move on.  Especially if you still have more growing to do.
  2. Holding the title of Leader does not mean do all the work.  Being in charge is about being able to properly manage and delegate tasks and placing people in areas where they perform best.  If you don’t have a good balance on the team then you will find yourself doing all of the work.  Be in a situation where there a multiple great talents on the squad.
  3. Speak up for yourself.  This is a hard one, but guess what?  This is your career.  We got to put ourselves in the best light possible.  At times we may deal with people or situations out of love, but what do the elders always say?  Love don’t pay the bills!  It’s got to be an even balance right?  If you bring eighty percent to the table and your partners are bringing twenty, it’s okay to speak up for yourself and say “I deserve to be in a position where someone at least brings forty percent.”  Which also brings another point.  Don’t collaborate with people to the point where people are greatly benefiting from you, but you gain nothing from them.  If you are great at what you do, then try to find someone who can match your greatness!  And don’t be afraid do ask for what you deserve from clients.   A great partnership or business is one where there is an even exchange (Ex.  Getting paid for your services.  Or the money made is divided according to the amount of work each party is putting in).
  4. Loyalty can lead to burnout.  We’ve all experienced it somewhere.  That one person or more on the squad who is cool but keeps dropping the ball.  Or there may be a situation where someone is super relaxed while the rest of the team is sweating bullets and pulling all-nighters to get the job done.  If someone is dead weight, evaluate the situation.  Personal connection or not ask yourself “Are they not capable enough to handle the job or do they simply not care?  Do they have the drive but not the experience to help execute it out?”
  5. Sometimes people just simply don’t want to walk in your shadow.  Let’s face it, if you are great at what you do, you may overshadow someone else.  And if their goal to be seen then a partnership with you is not going to work, no matter how many times you pass them the ball.  Everything is cool while you are all on the same page, but let you get a ring and the accolades to go with it and the dynamic may change.  What we determined in our conversation is that it is important to have a support system.   Surround yourself with people who understand and will be happy for your progress and vice versa.  It can get lonely but having people or someone you can call to vent to and here kind words can make all the difference in the world.

What are your takeaways from watching Lebron this season?

 The Pescatarian Review:  So how was The W on Elm?


Fellas, it was perfect for watching the game because from a female’s perspective it set the perfect atmosphere:  Low lit, mad tables open (probably due to the weekday) and they had a good number of TVs angled at all the tables so no matter where you sat you could see the game.  Win-win for both sides!  They have both high-top and low-top tables in addition to an outside lounge area.  The drinks were good.  That night was the second night that I’ve been there to chill and both times they were out of moscato but the other specials were fully stocked.

I had the perfect Salmon dinner: blackened Salmon with creamy Mac & Cheese and Collard Greens for my sides.  Fire!  Perfectly seasoned.  No pork in the greens.  My partner in crime ordered the chicken and waffles. He says it is a great alternative to Dame‘s chicken and waffles.  He smacked it so trust me it is a good dish if you eat chicken.  I’m thinking, could this be my new chill spot for during the weekday?

Top Plate: Chicken and Waffles, scrambled eggs with shredded cheese
Blackened Salmon with Mac & Cheese and Collard Greens