I remember it like it was yesterday. I designed a personnel restructuring and hiring plan for my organization to help us scale to meet the requirements being placed on us by our latest PE investor. I had gone over the details and gained the support of Sue, my executive sponsor. She then invited me to present the plan to the senior leadership team. I always considered her a collaborative and amiable leader. For example, she told me the board had been briefed and supported the plan. However, she went on to say that the board had a few questions about the project before providing their final approval. After Sue’s guidance, I believed I was well prepared for the presentation and meeting.
In light of a thrilling NBA championship win by the Milwaukee Bucks and what will likely be the most competitive Olympic basketball competition in history, we sat down with our very own John Coker, who played high-level collegiate and professional basketball with the Phoenix Suns. John is the Vice President of Sales at 2Win! Global. In our conversation, John broke down his experience as a professional athlete and how he translated lessons learned on the court into the world of Sales with high-level executives.