Mindset of a Champion – The Four E’s

With LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship I wanted to share with you what I believe is the “Mindset of a Champion”.

One of my favorite leadership books is Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch. He was the CEO of General Electric. He shared “The Four E’s” listed below. I used this with my teams and in scouting for the Indiana Pacers. If a player had “The Four E’s,” he could play for me!

The Four E’s:

1. Energy — hire people who bring energy to the workplace. Energy is needed to overcome daily obstacles and it creates a stimulating work environment.

2. Energize — inevitably, people will have down days. This is when your teammates need to be able to energize each other to raise their games to attack the day.

3. Execute — an organization needs people who can execute. Doers. Get the job done, especially when there is adversity.

4. Edge — in a competitive business, you need people who can execute with an edge. Sometimes, you will have to make tough choices that may not be popular with others. Sometimes, you have to challenge the status quo. Sometimes, you will need to cut down the competition and “throw an elbow.”

When I look at “The Four E’s” and I think about basketball, I think of Michael Jordan. No one had the energy he did. No one could energize his team like he could. No one could execute like him. And no one, I mean no one, had the edge he had! “The Four E’s” were the keys to his greatness.

Donnie Walsh is a longtime NBA executive and former player at UNC. I worked with him with the Indiana Pacers. One day I sat with him while the players were out on the court early before a game and he said to me, “You know, Matt. After all these years in the NBA, I think the most important thing in a player is energy.”

Learn & Grow!

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