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Butch Carter coaches to win

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in Office Politics,Workplace Communication

The are only 29 openings for head coach of an NBA team. Butch Carter filled one of those jobs for three years, boosting the Toronto Raptors from 16 wins to 45 wins.

Carter, co-author of Born to Believe with his brother Cris Carter, a wide receiver for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, understands the petty politics that characterize the turbulent working world.

WS: At 22, you were a rookie on the Los Angeles Lakers. Your career as a basketball player also included stints with the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. Did you worry about “office politics” as a player? Or did talent speak for itself?

Carter: Politics matter everywhere, whether you’re a professional athlete or a manager at a company. I found it’s important to be flexible, to work hard for my team but also realize I might not be there for long. That gave me an openness to opportunity. It kind of removed me from the internal politics.

WS: How did you move from player to...(register to read more)

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