Wednesday, June 23, 2010

“Big Man on Small Business” Speaks

James Donaldson regaled Spotlight! On Business Award event attendees on June 22 with stories from his NBA playing years and his experiences as a small business entrepreneur. Donaldson, currently the Director of College Success Foundation and author of the newly published book, “Above the Crowd,” gave pointers on how to maintain a business in this tough economy.

Among other advice, he stressed how important it is to:

  • Have a vision and a passion for what you are doing.
  • Believe in your talent.
  • Set goals. Citing his own goal of “playing until he was 40,” when he was starting out in the NBA, Donaldson kept going until he surpassed his goal, playing until he was 42 years old.
  • Empower your employees, your “team.”
  • Engage in peer-to-peer networking.
  • Know who the “MVP is of your “team.”
  • Accept that change will happen, if you stand still, things like technology and your
    competition will “run you over.”
Interspersed with tidbits such as a stint playing on the Harlem Globetrotters, Donaldson’s message was upbeat and encouraging.
Visit the Chamber's website for those selected for the 2010 Spotlight! On Business Awards.

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