On Nov 14 in the NBA the Jimmy Butler saga ended when the Minnesota Timberwolves trader Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
If you aren’t a basketball fan, Butler was demanding a trade and it turned into an ugly ordeal.
The interesting thing has been how much better the Timberwolves have been since the trade.
A big reason for the uptick is the addition of Robert Covington. Covington is a skilled player but nobody would argue he’s more skilled than Jimmy Butler. What he brings to the table is an intangible that’s hard to measure.
He brings energy.
He is a guy on the court that plays hard on every play. Cheers on his teammates. Dives for loose balls and his energy is contagious – he raises the collective energy of the team.
Here is my takeaway – Effort is a skill.
And just like on an NBA team – there are energy drivers in many organizations.
The person who works hard everyday raises the energy level of everyone.
The person who cheers on the team and brings a contagious spirit that is positive and elevates the overall attitude.
The person who doesn’t stop until the job is done.
Effort is a skill and maybe that’s what you can bring to the table to impact your team.
The great part is it’s a choice and a skill that will set you apart and make an impact