It’s the NBA Finals and you have the best of the best giving it their all to win a championship. The San Antonio Spurs just lost to the Oklahoma Thunders for the West and then you have the Boston Celtics going at it against the Miami Heat for the East. (Side Note: The Lakers will always be champions in my eyes) And while your watching these great matches don’t miss a few leadership lessons along the way.
The Leadership Lesson I want to discuss today is the Importance of Pace. Your going to hear this a lot especially with the Spurs vs Thunder games. So what is pace? In basketball terms pace is the amount of times you have the ball. If you have the ball more times then you are playing a fast pace, if you are having the ball less time then your pace is slow.
Having a fast pace is beneficial for the Thunders because they are a young athletic team. They want to run the ball and shoot! On the other hand the Spurs want to keep their pace slow. They are more of a veteran team (another word for older players) and they play their best when the pace is slow. I remember one game during the finals the Spurs coach was rallying his team during a time-out and kept stressing, “Slow down and play our pace”. Their team DNA is to play at a slow paceand that is when they are most effective. When they begin to play someone else’s pace they begin to get out of rhythm.
I bring this up because as we begin to manage our time and be more productive we have to make sure we are playing our pace. Here are 3 tips on the Importance of Pace:
1. Know your pace!
What is your pace? When do you feel like your the most productive? Some people feel the most productive when they handle a few things. It allows them to truly get creative and focus on how to do their best. Others are most productive when they handle many things at once. Their creative juices begin to follow when they have the pressure of completing many items. One is not better than the other but it simply depends what pace are you most productive.
2. Know your season.
Unfortunately you can’t always get what you want. There are going to be seasons when you are need to move at a fast pace and other times when you will be running a slower pace. In a perfect world you would only work at your own pace but since there are different seasons you need to know your season. If it is a busy season get ready to keep a fast pace but understand it won’t last forever. A great thing about having different seasons is that it stretches you. You learn more about yourself and how you can be most productive no matter the pace.
3. Explain your pace
Once you know your pace don’t be afraid to explain it to others. If you are working for someone who is fast pace and you are more productive at a slow pace you should let them know. And if you are a fast pace person and you are working for someone who is working on a slower pace you should also let them know. This will allow each of you to know what pace you are most productive and when a different season approaches everyone will have a better understanding on how to adapt.