Play Your Best Five

I love basketball. In my opinion, it is a great place to learn and teach leadership. Through the years, I have had the joy of coaching several teams. From experience I can tell you there is a major decision that every coach faces . . .

Do I play my five best, or my best five?

Basketball coaches face the same temptation that other leaders face. Namely, to play their five best. That can be a mistake.

If you want to accomplish your mission, hit your target, or win the game (however you want to say it), you better learn to identify your best five.

The “best five” is simply a metaphor for identifying the people who work best together. Most people refer to this team concept as having chemistry with one another.

In basketball or business, teamwork defeats talent.

Don’t get me wrong. Ability matters, and you should do everything you can to attract and develop great talent.

But if you have to choose. Choose chemistry.

Do you want to take your leadership to another level. Then start by playing your “best five.”




What is your favorite example of team over talent?


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Ryan Gravitt

9 years ago

The 1992 “Olympic Dream Team” is a great example of this. Few people know that they actually lost one of their first scrimmage games to a team of college all-stars. The college boys played like a team and defeated the super stars who had not yet realized that they would have to play together instead of just winning with one on one match ups. Needless to say, that scrimmage loss lit a fire within the “Dream Team” and the rest is history.


9 years ago

Great example bro . . . Thanks!

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