My intellectual strength has always been my ability to connect the dots between wildly divergent worlds, such as integrating my political science Ph.D. understanding of governance with my tarot deck of cards called Voyager. With this inter-connective curiosity for seeing underlying patterns, here’s a cross-thinking way of understanding Golden State Warrior basketball dominance.
Here’s the dots that bring together computational biology, basketball, millennials, chaos, random thinking, sports talk radio, teamwork, Uber and sustainable success.
First Dot… A computational research institute in Paris has discovered that a person’s ability for decision-making and “random thinking” peaks at age 25. According to this study, randomness is a mentally difficult task, requiring sustained, focused attention and cognitive skill. As the study states, “If you can think randomly, you’re at the top of your ‘game.’” What game I ask, basketball? Meanwhile, other studies have shown that this kind of thinking is associated with brainstorming, solving problem and thus, “creativity.”
Second Dot… A sports writer, Chris Herring, in five-thirty eight.com, describes the Warrior basketball offense as “organized chaos.”
Third Dot… Warrior assistant coach, Mike Brown, says that the Warrior offense is a high-level form of “unscripted playground basketball.” Brown continues to say, “when you have something that’s not scripted, your opponent breaks down because it’s different every single time.”
Fourth Dot… Colin Cowherd, in his national sports talk show, said this morning that the Warriors are in fact a young team, a “millennial team” (age 21-33). As he correctly says, millennials are team oriented. Indeed, “‘Me’ is a disease and there’s no ‘I’ in team.” Look around and notice the flourishing of mostly millennial, collaborative co-worker spaces, project economies, startup businesses.
Fifth Dot… Gregg Popovich, Hall of Fame basketball coach, says of the Warriors, “No team is more unselfish, finding the open man…they get credit for that. They’re way, way more than just their talent.”
Sixth Dot… Utah Jazz Coach says of the Warriors, “They’re great shooters, but beyond that ‘they’re great thinkers.’”
Connecting the Dots… When you have a true “team” of “millennials” and “thinkers” who “create chaotic randomness,” plus the age-old requirement of talent, they are the “team of the times!” And as a young team, if they stay together with “purpose,” they may have the greatest team of all.
Now, it takes an adaptive, renewable coach and management to direct this show and grow “young themselves,” which is my life path and business strategy. Don’t grow old, think neoteny. Be the future, now. And if you can build a team, like my nascent “Voyager Collabo” company, you will be on “top of your game” for a sustainable while.
Lo and behold, Golden State is essentially a “Silicon Valley” based franchise. The Warriors are the basketball version of young companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram, and like Uber which drives around, stays in motion, and finds the open man.
The moral of the story is organize your chaos into a productive system, where even you are not sure where you’re going next, except score!