February 25, 2015
He can’t jump very high. He’s not very fast. In fact, he fails the ‘eyeball’ test in nearly every basketball category. And yet, Shane Battier has proved to be invaluable to every team he has ever suited up for. In this impassioned and inspiring presentation, Battier shares with audiences the ways in which he believes sacrifice, ownership, embracing failure, championship professionalism, and a Hunger Games mentality contribute to the powerful and significant intersection of art and commerce. A genuine team player, he knows that champions are often made when no one is looking and encourages audience members to always do what it takes for the team to succeed—whether their efforts receive recognition or not. Stats don’t always tell the story of value, and Battier is living proof.
What can I control? How do my passion and distinguished skills add value to my organization? In the face of discouragement and desolation, these are some of the questions that Shane Battier often asked himself in his endeavors toward success. He shares his personal story with audiences and expounds on how factors such as dedication, resilience and tenacity ultimately rendered Battier an invaluable member of championship winning teams. Deemed the “No-Stats All-Star” by best-selling author Michael Lewis in a New York Times Magazine cover story, audience members are emboldened to apply Battier’s strategy, vision and leadership skills in their own professional careers in this thought-provoking and impactful presentation.
Over his distinguished NBA career and his heralded collegiate career at Duke University, Shane Battier overcame the doubts of many naysayers who said he did not have the talent to compete on the world’s most competitive stage. Today, Battier shows audiences how he overcame the odds—through perseverance, leadership, setting goals and believing in his ability to win—and how anyone can become a true champion.
As a high school freshman, Shane Battier was told by the basketball world that his basketball career would never amount to anything. After graduating, with honors, from Detroit Country Day School with three State Championships, the Michigan Mr. Basketball award and the Naismith National High School Player of the Year award, he enrolled in Duke University, where he was told by the basketball world that he was likely to have a marginal basketball career. After graduating, with honors, from Duke with a degree in Religion, two Final Four appearances, one National Championship, two All-American Awards, and Naismith and John Wooden National Players of the Year awards, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the sixth overall selection in the 2001 NBA Draft. After being told he would likely have a brief NBA career, Battier was part of the back-to-back 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship Miami Heat team where he become one of only eight athletes to win a championship on the high school, college and NBA levels. The NBA Championship capped off Battier’s 12th year in the NBA where he has been a two-time All-NBA Defensive performer as well as member of the USA Basketball National Team. His 2008 New York Times magazine cover story by bestselling author Michael Lewis sheds light on this unexplainable but poignant path to greatness—and Battier inspires audiences to new heights by showing how they too can achieve success no matter what challenge they are looking to conquer.