Tonight the Atlanta Hawks will play the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA playoffs.  Jameer Nelson will not be at the game.  He plays for the Orlando Magic, the team Atlanta just knocked out in the first round.

Nelson is friends with Bulls young superstar, Derrick Rose.  A couple of weeks ago, during their final meeting of the regular season, Nelson was caught on camera telling Rose, “I will see you in the second round.” Talk about assumptions.

Nelson made the mistake many leaders make.  He did not respect the challenge he was facing in the Hawks.  He acted with arrogance, rather than humility, and now he will be watching his pal on TV with the rest of us.

Are their places in your leadership where you are making assumptions?  The Bible reminds us in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

If you want to be an i2i leader, I suggest you approach your challenges with humility, remember you still have a lot to learn, and resolve yourself never to make assumptions.

I imagine Jameer would agree.  GO HAWKS!