Rob Pelinka, L.A. Lakers’ GM and Vice-President of Basketball Operations, talks about the challenges and strategies involved in helping the Lakers move from the worst in franchise history to World Champions in three years, how he manages players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the keys to great negotiation, and why Kobe Bryant invited him to swim with great white sharks to study their movements and habits.
Welcome to Episode 393 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks about the qualities and characteristics of highly effective leaders.
Pro Media Fire
Are you getting ready to hire a staff member for 2021 to win the digital game?
There are two options:
- Hire an internal staff member that is an expert in one or two main areas
- Hire Pro Media Fire and get an entire team of experts for less than the cost of a professional staff hire
With Pro Media Fire you save on employee taxes and health insurance with internal staff. And turnover becomes a thing of the past with a team that handles all your creative and digital needs.
The choice is yours, hire one person or get an entire team of professionals providing digital strategy and a creative framework to help your church, nonprofit or business grow online. Teams win championships!
Book a free strategy session today at promediafire.com/churchgrowth.
TrainedUp, an online video training platform for employees and volunteers, houses a library of over 700 video modules for all ministry areas AND simple tools to create training courses with your own videos and training to fit your needs.
And, HuddleUp, is their digital communication tool for teams with texting, email and chat all in one place. It’s designed to replace how a ministry uses Facebook Groups, Mailchimp, Remind, Slack or Groupme. HuddleUp is a central hub for communication with volunteers, parents and even students because it has safety and accountability baked into the design.
ServeHQ is offering a new year special for our podcast listeners when they sign up during the month of January.
Simply go to ServeHQ.church to start your FREE 14-day trial, and use the code CAREY to get 10% off for life.
*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
INSIGHTS FROM ROB
1. No matter your industry, a serve-first mindset pays off
So many leaders overlook their most important asset—people. When Rob became the general manager of the Lakers, he’d been a players’ agent for decades. As a result, he knew what players wanted and needed. So, when he became GM, he kept the same focus of making sure their players’ needs were met. As a result, they were able to build a championship-winning team.
2. How you spend your time “off” heavily affects your time “on”
For the entire 100-day 2021 basketball season, Rob, and everyone else in the NBA, was locked in a bubble. They couldn’t see their families, their friends or go anywhere outside of their permitted zones. Since he was staying in a hotel with teams and coaches, he needed to be “on” for work 24/7. In this time, Rob learned that having the ability to spend time “off” work is key to performing well while he’s “on.”
3. If you truly want to be great, make every habit count
When you study the lives of the top .001% of leaders, you notice there’s no detail of their lives or their days that haven’t been thoughtfully unpacked. They construct their habits to revolve around building a life that produces top results both at work and, often, at home. If you want to become a top performer, take a more intentional approach to your daily habits.
Quotes from Episode 393Basketball players know when they feel cared for just like customers of a business know when they feel cared for. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet Building up that social capital and that relationship capital ultimately helps negotiations in the end. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet A transparency lens leads to more productive deals and partnerships. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet If you go into a negotiation with a scorched earth mentality of, 'I need to get everything and the other person needs to get on their knees,' that's not likely to lead to the best result. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet God's faithfulness seems to be most clear when you look through the rear view mirror of life, and you can see how he pieces your story together. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet There's so much comfort in that figuring out God's will for your life is not your responsibility. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet So much of our day is how we are managing our thought life and making sure that we're holding our thought life accountable to the principles we want to live by. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet Look at life through the lens of, 'I have the privilege of being an instrument in God's hands, and how am I going to use this day?' - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet Passion and leadership and learning can come from so many things in life. - Rob Pelinka Click To Tweet Punctuality is a feature of great leaders. Click To Tweet Great leaders take their work, not themselves, seriously. Click To Tweet Leaders who go the furthest are often the most humble. Click To Tweet
Looking for a key quote? More of a reader?
Read or download a free PDF transcript of this episode here.
Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from world-class leaders like Brian Houston, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Nancy Duarte, Henry Cloud, Patrick Lencioni, Francis Chan, Ann Voskamp, Erwin McManus and many others.
Subscribe using your favorite podcast app via
Spread the Word. Leave a Rating and Review
Hopefully, this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?
The best way to do that is to rate the podcast on Apple Podcasts and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn as well.
Your ratings and reviews help us place the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.
Thank you for being so awesome.
Next Episode: Hannah Brencher
Hannah Brencher’s first public speaking event was a TED Talk in NYC when she was 24. Fast forward a few years, and Hannah reflects on what she’s learned as a communicator, Millennials and their addiction to platform, and the future of what her generation wants in digital and physical interaction.
Subscribe for free now so you won’t miss Episode 394.