Anyone familiar with the NBA knows that Gregg Popovich is both extremely peculiar and incredibly brilliant. His interviews are some of the best in the game because he’s almost alarmingly straightforward and doesn’t play the typical “media circus” game. Seriously, if you want a good laugh, watch the best of Coach Pop here.
While some might think Pop is a little crazy, we could all learn from him. Just try reading about the qualities he looks for in players/staff without acknowledging that his description is exactly what we all want in our co-workers, friends, etc.
"For us, it's easy. We're looking for character, but what the hell does that mean? We're looking for people — and I've said it many times — [who] have gotten over themselves, and you can tell that pretty quickly. You can talk to somebody for four or five minutes, and you can tell if it's about them, or if they understand that they're just a piece of the puzzle. So we look for that. A sense of humor is a huge thing with us. You've got to be able to laugh. You've got to be able to take a dig, give a dig — that sort of thing. And [you have to] feel comfortable in your own skin that you don't have all the answers. [We want] people who are participatory. The guys in the film room can tell me what they think of how we played last night if they want to. [Former Assistant GM] Sean Marks would sit in on our coaches' meetings when we're arguing about how to play the pick-and-roll or who we're going to play or who we're going to sit.
"We need people who can handle information and not take it personally because in most of these organizations, there's a big divide. All of the sudden, the wall goes up between management and coaching and everybody is ready to blame back and forth and that's the rule rather than the exception. It just happens. But that's about people. It's about finding people who have all of those qualities. So, we do our best to look for that and when somebody comes, they figure it out pretty quick."
There you have it, Gregg Popovich: teaching us all what to look for in the people we surround ourselves with.
(And yes, I did pick this picture of Pop because he's throwing up his horns. Hook 'em!)