I understood Clevelanders who declared LeBron forever dead to them. Still, I have my own journey as a prodigal son who once had to leave Cleveland in order to grow up, only to later return so I could discover my real story.
Like Lebron James, the NBA appears dedicated to setting a proper example. Like Johnny Football, the NFL has continually skirted responsibility for its actions and realities.
In many ways LeBron is an embodiment of the next generation of Cleveland and the Rust Belt. His return epitomizes possibility. The beauty of cities and societies is that they are constantly evolving.
For a player to create a lasting legacy they must look beyond the quick buck and and build something that can bring about real change for the long term. With the growing power of sport and celebrity we will be hoping that the amazing endings are not solely for comic books.
Teens go through a difficult, sometimes torturous dance deciding who they are, what they stand for and who they're destined to be. But young LeBron James was different.
If we had more leaders embodying this leadership mindset, we'd be well on our way to creating a better future.
The Houston Astros are in the midst of a historical rebuilding process, one that is challenging some of the fundamental philosophies of baseball.
Where Los Angeles can be said to be about beauty and fame, or New York about ambition or talent, Northeast Ohio has a long history of manufacturing and celebrating the excellence and hard work required to make or do things well.
Lebron's return to Ohio was far more important then literally the one thing the REST OF THE WORLD cares most about: soccer (futbol). Gotta love 'murica;)
With the continued fragmentation of media, we need to return to telling stories because it sets our message apart and helps our meaning ring clear amid the noise in the marketplace of attention.
LeBron's masterful handling of his return to Cleveland offers a case study in public relations far beyond sports. The lesson is simple: humility is powerful. For successful business leaders, being humble doesn't always come naturally. And it isn't a quality that you can easily fake, and those who try and fail get punished even more.
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Republicans on the House Special Committee on Benghazi might find it useful to remember the threshold crisis management rule when you are already in a deep hole: Stop digging.
The ESPYS is more than a celebration of athletic achievement. It's a gathering of athletes and entertainers who band together in utilizing their collective platforms to fight against cancer in hopes of finding a cure for it.
We need to get rid of this idea that African American men need to constantly show deference to avoid vilification. This idea is deeply connected to the expectations held of African Americans both in slavery and the Jim Crow South.
In an always-on digital world, we have the two-edged sword of our "legacy cement" constantly being poured...hero to zero and back again before it dries.