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Why Do the Warriors Dominate the 3rd Quarter? Consider Their Halftime Drill

By The New York Times

The Warriors outscored opponents by 130 points in the 3rd quarter this postseason. How they spend intermission may explain whyRead full story

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  • The best lesson in collaborative leadership that I’ve seen in awhile — look past the basketball details, and notice how Steve Kerr manages himself, his associates and his talent. Everyone is empowered, included, respected. It all comes down to mutual trust. Oh yeah: And there’s no doubt who is in charge.

  • In sports it’s not always talent that wins the game. A team that trusts each other and is confident in what they can do together can be a strong force. The Warriors have talent and theses other factors so that’s why they’ve been in the finals 4 years in a row and I don’t see them slowing down too much.

  • Trust. Community & Brevity. Makes you want to sign up for this leader who is also bold enough to speak up for what’s right.

    Can’t read about Steve Kerr without understanding his history particularly around his dad. https://www.google.com/amp/s/ftw.usatoday.com/2015/06/the-assassination-of-steve-kerrs-father-and-the-unlikely-story-of-a-champion/amp

  • Mark  White
    Mark White Founder at White Label Media

    Great peek in to Steve Kerr’s management style as well as how much the Warriors are able to pack in to such a short break. Besides the half time break being incredibly well choreographed, the whole system hinges on trust and collaboration. Wonder if Nick Saban behaves similarly?

  • gotta love steve kerr. even tho i want to see lebron win.

  • David Landau
    David LandauManaging Partner

    Excellent insights for ensuring organizational success. The GSWs emphasize: collaboration and teamwork, innovative leadership, fostering an environment of inclusion, succinct yet effective communication, and strategic reflection on what truly drives results.

    “The Golden State Warriors do a lot of mundane stuff at halftime. Yet what happens next is extraordinary. Their explosive third-quarter runs have become a phenomenon, and nobody knows quite what to make of it... “I honestly have no idea,

    Excellent insights for ensuring organizational success. The GSWs emphasize: collaboration and teamwork, innovative leadership, fostering an environment of inclusion, succinct yet effective communication, and strategic reflection on what truly drives results.

    “The Golden State Warriors do a lot of mundane stuff at halftime. Yet what happens next is extraordinary. Their explosive third-quarter runs have become a phenomenon, and nobody knows quite what to make of it... “I honestly have no idea,” Stephen Curry said.”

    “It defies easy description. But a closer examination of their halftime rituals may provide some illumination. The 15 minutes between the end of the second quarter and start of the third are a carefully choreographed production, featuring clips of game footage, wardrobe changes and managerial strategies straight out of business school. Coach Steve Kerr, based on interviews with players and coaches, has worked to create an environment of inclusion. This is not a place for Lombardi-esque rah-rah speeches. Rather, the Warriors’ halftime locker room is a high-speed 360-degree team review.”

    “...Perhaps the most amazing feature of the Warriors’ halftime routine is its brevity. Kerr tries to wrap up his whole spiel with about seven minutes showing on the clock — six minutes at the latest.”

    “...What’s next has become utterly predictable to fans, opponents and even the Warriors themselves: hope-destroying scoring runs that tend to erase any memories — and any deficits — of the first half.”

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