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What? The girl who infamously despises LeBron James is now saying there is something to be learned from LeBron James?

I know, I know –it may sound a little hypocritical, but hear me out.

Never in a million years did I think I would ever reference LeBron James in a positive way. I mean the guy held a 60-minute press conference on national TV to basically slap Cleveland in the face, the city and fans who supported and loved him since he was in middle school.

But I digress.

After that terrible -- and I mean terrible --  decision made by James, he spent years trying to build back his reputation, win the hearts of America, improve his game and become a better overall team player.  While that one mistake was a challenge to overcome, I think it’s safe to say that he has taken the experience, grown and become the teammate that everyone wishes they could have and the teammate many of us wish we could be.

And we can—with these helpful lessons learned from Lebron James:

Own your mistakes: It wasn’t until America started bashing James that he recognized that “The Decision” was probably not the best decision.  If we make a mistake within our team or with a client, the best thing to do is own up to it, apologize and not make the mistake again.

It takes years to build your reputation, but it takes a moment to ruin it: That one moment was enough to hurt his reputation. As communicators we pride ourselves on our relationships, our work and of course our credibility -- don’t be that person to ruin it for everyone.

There is no “I” in team: Embrace the attitude that we all win together, and let others know when someone has done something above and beyond the call of duty on a project. We all play a certain role for our team and no matter how big or small, it all contributes to the overall success of your team.

Haters gonna hate: No matter what your profession, there will always be people trying to bring you down.  And if you’re good at what you do – they are going to hate even more. Help your team to learn to filter all of the noise out and focus on the task at hand.

Believe in yourself: True greatness is believing in your abilities when everyone (including alleged “experts”) tells you that you’re not smart enough, not tough enough, not experienced enough or not good enough to succeed in a certain field. At the end of the day be confident in your work and abilities.

What are some other characteristics of a good team player?

Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder
A former HMA Public Relations employee.


  1. Scott Hanson says:

    Not caring who gets the credit, as long as the team wins.
    Be supportive of others on the team.

  2. Kelly Potts says:

    Never thought I’d see the day where Katie (kind of) praises LeBron James!

  3. LeBron James — who, like teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, can opt out of contracts and become free agents in the summer of 2014 — was noncommittal when asked about that topic by CNN.

  4. Katie says:


    Thanks for your comment!

    You are very right. But after their last couple years I don’t see them opting out of anything anytime soon. I am not a Heat fan. I prefer to see teams built rather than bought. While I will never cheer for LeBron and the Heat, I do respect him more now. I think he has matured a great deal and wears many hats for the Miami Heat. He was always an amazing player with tons of talent but I think he is a much smarter player which only plays in the Heat’s favor.

  5. The bottom line is that we created LeBron James because we wanted him to be the Next Jordan. Look at the advertising, look at his play, and look at his public image. He is the Next Jordan – sans rings of course. Now he’s on a team that will get him rings, whether you like it or not. How long will we persecute him until we start admitting that we framed him for his crimes? Until that happens it won’t matter how many points he scores, how many rings he wears or how many awards he garners – enough will never be enough.

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