It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to do something truly special for our employees: to bring them inspiration they’ll never forget. We had that opportunity when Ervin “Magic” Johnson visited our Detroit headquarters—bringing with him the energy, passion and drive that have made him a basketball legend and an extremely successful businessman.
The lessons he shared with our team were about the importance of building relationships—one of the core values of our Powerlink P.R.I.D.E.—as well as the need to over-deliver for all of our clients. Ervin told the story of how, after he retired from the LA Lakers, he invited every season ticket holder to lunch to ask them about their business success. These conversations not only gave him great insights and leadership advice, but led to some of his earliest ventures.
He spoke about how every contract—from the largest to the smallest—is an opportunity to deliver a great client experience. In an industry such as ours, where service is paramount, this message clearly resonated with our team and reinforced the work we do every day.
The day was also about giving back: This spring, Ervin made a $123,000 donation to support the Saginaw Promise scholarship program. During his visit, Powerlink presented him a check for $10,000 to the cause. The funds will give even more area students the opportunity to pursue higher education.
While we may not all have the size and athleticism that Magic has used to his advantage in college and the NBA, we quickly learned that his success came from a much deeper place: his commitment. Focusing on leading winning teams means bringing intensity to every practice, being the first to show up and the last to leave, and, when the game is on the line, wanting the ball in your hands. In basketball and in business, we learned why his work ethic continues to drive his success and how his example can help each and every one of us achieve our goals.