Phil Jackson: 6'8", athletic, and charismatic. A former player that had the respect of everyone. 11 rings as a head coach and 2 as a player. A practitioner of Zen Buddhism.
Bill Belichick -- Too small to play football, son of a coach and scout. Uncharismatic, but has been studying film since he was 9 years old. He gained respect by his knowledge of the game. 4 rings as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator.
Jackson was a master of dealing with egos. In the NBA, guys like Kobe, Jordan, Shaq, don't come around very often. So as a head coach, it is much more difficult to have only "your type of guys" if you want to win an NBA championship when compared to the NFL.
When Chicago was going on their 2nd run, they recognized a need for interior defense. After clearing it with Scottie and Michael, they traded for Dennis Rodman and Phil assimilated the enigmatic player into a key piece in the 1996-98 3peat.
When searching Google for Peter Barton, it's hard to find him. He’s only considered the 4th most important Peter Barton (behind the actor, historian and rugby player). He died in 2002 when the internet was much less a part of our daily lives. If he had died today, I’m convinced he’d be at the top of the list.
So, before you click away, I should probably mention that Peter Barton founded a company in the 1990’s worth a few billion yet and only had 16 employees. After all, if you’re reading this, you are probably an entrepreneur. That mind blowing statistic should reel you in to read the rest.
Peter Barton lost his dad at an early age and always thought he would have a short-life. It turned out to be a self fulfilling prophecy. At age 48, he was diagnosed with cancer and died a few years later. In the last leg of his life, he wrote a book reflecting on cancer, entrepreneurship, family and more.
Peter was an alpha-male thrill-seeker who was always seeking the next adventure. He started his 20’s living out of a van, then a hippie ski bum, to working on political campaigns and serving on the administration of a New York Governor, Hugh Carey.
Around age 30, he went to Harvard Business School for his MBA where we was the old guy surrounded by 24 year olds. They were analytically sharp and did very well in school, yet they were lacking something::
In honor of one of my favorite comedy blogs ever Stuff White People Like, here is a new one:
If you want to connect with a white person, shared outrage is a surefire way to enter their heart.
Although they had plenty of brunches, vacations, selfies, happy hours in 2016, it was a "bad year" for the world.
While poverty and disease rates are at an all-time low in human history, two key events ruined the year for white people: Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
In order to commiserate with white people, you have to find them first. It isn't hard. Look no further than a virtual space that is quite different from the real world: social media.
Every once in a while you listen to a podcast that blows your mind. You have to listen to it again. That's what happened on the recent Peter Thiel interview on the Rubin Report.
Here are a few highlights:
1a. Eric Weinstein, head of the "intellectual dark web" was an advocate for Bernie, Thiel for Trump. Weinstein works for Thiel.
A company where the leaders publicly share their differing political opinions. That is uncommon. Peter and Eric are comfortable sharing these opinions which are not directly part of the company's mission, allowing for freedom of thought.
1b. Maybe this freedom stems from embracing uncertainty. Peter sees his peers in Silicon Valley as very sure of their ideas - thinking we have reached the "top" of innovation here in 2018.