Ms. Deborah W. Adams
April 21, 2004
Differences surround us. We are all different; otherwise we would all be me. How can we overcome those differences? Is it important? Does it matter? How can a group of people who don't like each other become a high-performance team? Easy. By believing in the greater good of the team. Setting aside differences does has its advantages and leads to untold riches (so to speak).
In 1991 a short, rotund maverick of a businessman had a dream. For years he had been acquiring talented young men to work for him. The previous years had been heartbreaking the second best in the industry and no way to climb up over the hump that stood in his way. Tenacious and dedicated to his task, he sought out more talent to achieve his dream. But it was no longer 1989; nor was it 1990. This was 1991 and the dream was closer than ever. This year would be the first of many years where he would reign at the top of the world. This was his year. The man in question was Jerry Kraus, General Manager of the Chicago Bulls. He had gone on gut feeling to put together a group of young men who could win the National Basketball Association title. This group of guys were starting to gel and work as a team around their young superstars, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant. Teamwork was instilled upon these gentlemen and the rest of the team. Their quiet, Zen-like coach talked in riddles challenging them to expand their mind. Coach Phil Jackson approached the game with a different mentality. He rarely yelled at the players. He seldom questioned their play. "PJ" lived in his own world and walked to a different beat. After a stellar career as a player in North Dakota State University and with the NBA World Champion New York Knicks, he went on to coach in the Continental Basketball Association. He was ready to take this team to the top, only they...