The day is always one of my favorites on campus – a couple of our big name signings from that year’s NBA draft class take over Portland for the day. From Kenneth Faried coming out of nowhere with some high-flying dunks to Damian Lillard taking the 3-point contest only to continually hit shots from those same spots his entire rookie season, we seem to always be in for a treat. And as you would expect, the adidas NBA team topped itself once again with a great event this year.
Earlier this year, my colleague Kate Kraus shared with me her enthusiasm for our new corporate intranet, a social and collaborative platform. She mentioned how easy it was to connect and network with other employees globally especially related to her work on the internal Women’s Networking Group. This brought the idea of creating “Women´s Mentoring Circles” to life.
With approximately half of my six-month internship behind me, it’s a good time to think about what I’ve learned to date, in terms of both job-specific and interpersonal skills. Three topics in particular come to mind when reflecting on things I’ve learned that I could utilize in a possible future managerial role. I’ve broken them down into: “openness to critical questions”, “innovation is for everyone”, and “open & honest communication”. I will now expand on each point one by one.
Basketball in China is huge. Since the game was brought to China by some missionaries in the late 19th century it has become more and more popular ever since. Today about 300 million Chinese play the game in our basketball-mad nation and for the NBA China is the number 1 market worldwide outside of the United States.
I am the responsible Brand Manager for basketball in China and, as a huge basketball fan myself, I must have the best job in the world. The best times of my job, however, are when our big NBA players go on promotion tour to China.
Here at Reebok, we’re pretty much obsessed with fitness. I’m not talking about the counting calories, glued to the treadmill, six-steps-to-flat-abs type of fitness. We believe in a different kind of fitness. For us, fitness isn’t “checking the box” or a quick weight loss trick…Fitness is a way of life. One of my recent projects, Reebok Rally, is designed to bring exactly this across.