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Former NBA Coach Kevin Eastman Talks Teams, Truth And Preparation

‘The truth needs three things: number one, you got to live it. Number two, you got to be able to tell it. And number three, you got to be able to take it,’ says Kevin Eastman, an international corporate and sports team speaker.

Former NBA coach Kevin Eastman believes that the “single most important word” in all of success no matter the industry is the word “truth.”

“When we talk about the word ‘success,’ we believe that the single most important word in all of success — no matter the industry, no matter your craft, no matter your position, no matter your rank on the hierarchy, it doesn’t matter — is the word ‘truth,’” said Eastman, a motivational speaker, author and executive.

Eastman shared his knowledge and experience in sports with the IT channel’s premiere solution providers and technology vendors at The Channel Co.’s XChange March event.

“How can we get to where we want to go if we don’t know the truth? The truth needs three things: number one, you got to live it. Number two, you got to be able to tell it. And number three, you got to be able to take it,” he said.

As A Leader, What Does It Mean To Live Your Truth?

In his message to IT leaders at the conference, Eastman said to live your truth is acknowledging whether “your actions match your words,” because if there’s a disconnect, “there’s no one going to be following you.”

“And we’re only a leader if we have people who are there to follow,” he added.

Defining Preparation

As a former assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and front office executives for the Los Angeles Clippers, Eastman had many opportunities to observe basketball great Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26.

“Unfortunately, some of our best reminders is when someone leaves this earth and as tragic as that was what I hope in my interactions with Kobe and what he taught me, I hope I can relay that to others,” Eastman told CRN. “And the lessons I learned can be applied to anyone in this ballroom. No matter what position you hold, and what you find from the best of the best in any line of work, especially in pro sports whether it be Tom Brady [in football], Mike Trout in baseball, or Kobe in basketball, they live this word: preparation.”

The definition of preparation is to “be there before you get there, be there before you get there.”

To hear more from Kevin Eastman’s Keynote: The Power of Team-ness, visit CRNtv.

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