NCAA Basketball, Cinderella Stories and Sales Contests

Posted by Mike Martin on Mon, Apr 04, 2016

We’ve just completed the most exciting month for college basketball, with the victors of the NCAA tournament to be decided tonight. The Final Four is an impressive lot in and of itself. North Carolina, Oklahoma and Villanova all spent time ranked in the top 10 in the nation this year. They were 1 and 2 seeds, and were expected to vie for the championship. And then there’s Syracuse. The Orange were unranked coming into the tournament, had a losing streak in the few weeks prior and were seeded 10 in their region. Many people are wondering how they made it to the last four teams. It could be a lucky draw or maybe they’re playing well at the right time. Whatever the reason, they’re an unlikely participant, but I would argue that teams like Syracuse are what make the tournament great.


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It’s That Time of Year Again: NBA All-Star Weekend and President’s Club Announcements

Posted by Mike Martin on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Valentine’s Day is this weekend.  But for sports fans, it’s also another exciting holiday: The 2015 NBA All-Star game is coming to New York City. The annual event is a chance for the league to recognize its top performers, much like president’s club sales incentive programs recognize top sales reps across industries. The similarities do not have to end there. Let’s look at some of the details of the NBA’s version of a president’s club to see if any lessons also apply to sales teams:


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