Help the Helper
Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
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“The real lessons of teamwork don’t happen on camera. They happen behind the closed doors of locker rooms and team meetings and practice facilities. Kevin and John open those closed doors. All you need to do is get reading!” —Larry Bird “Help the helper” is a basketball motto preached by some of the sport’s legendary coaches, including Dean Smith and Phil Jackson. All good players know they should support a teammate who’s under pressure. But the true greats know how to take it one step further. They fill the gaps left behind when one teammate goes to help another—gaps that are often far from the basket and out of the spotlight. The true greats step up in quiet ways to make sure no subtle holes develop on defense and no opportunities are missed on offense. Help the Helper will show you how to put this level of teamwork to work in your business, to build a culture that recognizes and rewards those who help the helper—even when they don’t have sexy statistics. In the process, it will teach you how to de-emphasize the CEO/quarterback/superstar and effectively redefine leadership. You’ll learn, for instance, how to:
- Create a dynasty of unselfishness.
- Manage energy, not people.
- Eat obstacles for breakfast.
- Act like an “unleader.”
Kevin Pritchard is the general manager for the Indiana Pacers and a former general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was a member of the Kansas Jayhawks NCAA championship team in 1988 and played for five NBA teams. John Eliot, Ph.D., is a decorated university professor and a consultant to professional athletes and coaches, Fortune 500 companies, and medical centers worldwide. In twenty years of practice, 100 percent of his clients have won pennants, championships, or gold medals.