Sports have always been my greatest passion and the source of my determination to win. At my house growing up, if I dropped the ball then I didn’t get dinner. All jokes aside, my upbringing led me to place the utmost importance on winning.
Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba mentality” resonates with me deeply, and we at Vcheck Global practice that work ethic with everything we do. My favorite quote from Kobe’s book is, “I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my game, but I also wasn’t willing to sacrifice my family time. So I decided to sacrifice sleep, and that was that.” As I recently posted on LinkedIn, hard work isn’t a guarantee that you will achieve your goals. However, not working hard almost certainly will ensure you won’t.
I also credit sports for helping me develop most of my leadership skills. As the captain of numerous teams growing up, I’ve had to deal with players asking me, “Why am I not playing enough?” I’ve had players tell me, “This person thinks they’re better than me, but I’m better than them.” I’ve asked players, “Why are you playing poorly?” I’ve seen players lose confidence, so I built them up. I’ve yelled at someone, and then learned that isn’t the way. Though I didn’t always respond properly, the overall experience helped shape my ability to identify talent and lead a team to victory.
You can tell a lot about how a person will act in an office from the way they interact on a basketball court. If I need an accountant, it doesn’t matter how hard you play—if you’re not an accountant, you don’t get the job. But for certain positions, I would much rather have the person willing to dive for a loose ball, grinding day-in and day-out. You don’t need to be the best. You don’t even need to be one of the better players. What I’m looking for is courage, someone who is not scared, who will take on a challenge knowing full well the struggle that lies ahead.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, traits developed in competitive sports, particularly those at the collegiate level, often give job seekers a leg up in the hiring process. For example, the precision required to play can help athletes become excellent investigators. The traits that make athletes successful on the court are often those that can make someone successful in business.
Vcheck Global’s Managing Director Ken Blumenthal is relentless on the court, but that’s not why I hired him. The skills Ken possesses in business development and sales are interwoven with being a good teammate and sportsmanship—win or lose. Not every star athlete is a team player. Instead of those who hold the ball, the player who tends to pass first is often more collaborative in a team environment. Team-oriented athletes are often great teammates in business, and Ken is a team player.
The person I will always want on my team is not afraid to take the last shot of the game. I’m that person, and though I admit that I’ve missed many, I won’t shy away from those shots. As someone who is determined to win, I never want to miss an opportunity.
Over the years, I have met many talented individuals representing businesses that Vcheck Global serves who happen to possess that same determination to win as a result of engaging in competitive sports. To show our appreciation for our clients—and our dedication to win—Vcheck Global has created an opportunity for more than 60 industry executives to compete today in a 3-on-3 tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for a 3-on-3 for a coveted trophy. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to scout for new talent.
Stay tuned for a play-by-play video and recap of the tournament next week.