September 2015

Wel­come to Slam Dunk Tips! My newslet­ter designed to help you, and your busi­ness, be more suc­cess­ful. I share my pas­sion to help lead­ers lead and teams to succeed.

Events Calendar

To engage me to speak to your orga­ni­za­tion, or to hear me speak at an upcom­ing event on the cal­en­dar below, con­tact my team at
Logan, UT Octo­ber 6th
Hous­ton, TX Octo­ber 7th
Sandy, UT Octo­ber 15th
Park City, UT Octo­ber 19th-20th
El Paso, TX Octo­ber 22nd
West Jor­dan, UT Novem­ber 3rd
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Mark Eaton Utah Jazz

Know What Others Expect From You

Are you clear about what oth­ers real­ly want from you? Have you asked them? Though many of you know me as an NBA All Star, I didn’t have a typ­i­cal path get­ting there. In fact, I only played 3 min­utes in my entire high school career and spent most of my time at UCLA on the end of the bench. Frus­trat­ed by my lack of play­ing time and my view that my career was going nowhere, I called my junior col­lege coach and com­plained to him about my lack of floor time. The advice he gave me was invalu­able. “Mark, it’s not the team. It’s not the coach. It’s you. You have to get bet­ter! If you’re not play­ing in the games then you have to make the prac­tices your games. You have to be the first one to the gym and the last one to leave. You need to con­tin­ue to work on your shoot­ing, your run­ning and hit the weight room. If you do those things, you will be able to try out for an NBA team.” That con­ver­sa­tion gave me the clar­i­ty I need­ed. I was giv­en a sim­ple roadmap to fol­low. My suc­cess was then in my hands, I either fol­lowed it or I didn’t. I chose to fol­low it. Ask what oth­ers actu­al­ly want from you, don’t make assump­tions or guess.

Execute the play.

Ask­ing was the first step in know­ing what my coach expect­ed of me. Exe­cut­ing his expec­ta­tions was the next step. When I was asked to work out five hours a day six days a week, I did pre­cise­ly what he asked. Not less, not some­thing like it. Doing exact­ly what was asked of me got me in the NBA. And once I made it in the NBA, I con­tin­ued the prac­tice of ask­ing for expec­ta­tions and exe­cut­ing them. That led to a suc­cess­ful 12 year career and All Star sta­tus. Once you ask and are giv­en the vital infor­ma­tion of your expec­ta­tions, you have been hand­ed the keys to your suc­cess. Exe­cute the play.

Action Step

Ask those around you what they expect of you in your cur­rent role or project. What do oth­ers real­ly want from you? Ask your­self how well you exe­cute those requests on a scale of 1–10? What would you need to do dif­fer­ent­ly to make it to a 10? What out­come will give each of you sat­is­fac­tion that the request has been com­plet­ed? Know­ing this will set every­one up for suc­cess and guar­an­tee that you are on the path to the next level.


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