Imagine yourself at your own job. Two of your best salespeople have left to start their own company and your favorite manager of many years has retired. The whole office is a little bummed out --probably more than "a little"-- and you're about to have your first one-to-one meeting with the new, whiz kid boss.
What do you most want to hear him say to you?
If you're like most people, a simple honest admission of reality would be nice. About himself, about the organization, about my role in it. No grandiose platitudes, no empty rhetoric, just a direct, straightforward "I'm a grown-up, let me treat you like a grown-up" conversation.
Welcome to the 2013 Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens. When you sit across from Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries. Brandon Bass and several other players, be honest with them, "We've all heard the speculation.You may not be here by the end of this season. But while you are here I will do everything in my power to help you increase your desirability to your future employer. All I ask in return is that you work with me for everyone's betterment --yourself, your teammates, the Celtics organization-- while you are here." Will it suddenly turn on a light in a particular player or make a journeyman into a superstar? Maybe not. But at least you give yourself and your players a solid foundation for working together.