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What You Can Learn From LeBron James That Will Help You Land Your Next Opportunity

By Kerwyn S. Phillip, MBA


In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Magic Johnson spoke about his meeting with LeBron James, which led to LeBron signing with The Los Angeles Lakers.  Before the announcement, the sports world was buzzing on where LeBron James would land next season.  Finally, after weeks of speculation, he made the official announcement.  Before the final decision was made, NBA Hall-of-Famer and Lakers’ President of Operations Magic Johnson had a one-on-one meeting with LeBron.  The way Magic described the meeting; one can see best practices LeBron James used that can help in a job interview or business meeting.

Magic said that he was impressed with how LeBron connected with him early in their conversation.  They spoke about their similar upbringing, and how their passion for basketball brought them to the NBA.  Another similarity that Magic did not mention is that they are both successful entrepreneurs.  It is important, when meeting with a hiring manager or potential client that you work on establishing rapport with the person sitting across the table. By establishing a connection, the person will be more engaged in the conversation and the likelihood of them remembering you afterwards increases.  One way to try and build a connection is to look around the person’s office to find clues on interests and hobbies.  Maybe you see fishing paraphernalia, team logos, family portraits, etc.   Use those clues as talking points.


Another point that caught Magic Johnson’s attention is that LeBron James did some research before their meeting.  In their conversation, LeBron explained his analysis of the players on the Lakers’ roster.  He described each player’s strengths and weaknesses.  He then went into detail on what he brings to the table and how he can add value to the team.  In the same sense, one should research a potential employer or client and try to evaluate where gaps exist and then explain how their skillset can help fill those gaps and remediate issues.  Use the internet as a research tool. Do your homework!

Many people go into interviews with a self-centered point of view.  They present a resume and go into a spill about their experience and past accomplishments.  The people who make it to the next round of interviews are the ones who can summarize their past and show how that past experience can help the potential employer solve problems now and in the future. Employers and clients are looking for problem solvers.  Can you solve their problems and be efficient?

These best practices may seem basic, but many people fall short in implementing them.

In conclusion, we see that NBA fans are excited about basketball is the Western Conference.  Everyone jumps on the team that is having a hot streak.  Everyone was a Bulls fan in the 90s, now we see everyone on the Golden State bandwagon.  Let me be the first to announce that the East will one day rise again.  The Knicks and Nets will get their acts together (one day).

Good luck in your future endeavors and I hope you found this article helpful.  I welcome your comments and feedback.


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