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    The rest of the room is against you

    Quick take for a Friday that seems like a Thursday. Why is it that these so-called 'short' workweeks always feel so long?

    Anyway - catch the video embedded below, (email and RSS readers will need to click through), courtesy of the sports and pop culture website Grantland, that takes us through the recent NBA Draft experience of one Royce White, a star college player at Iowa State with sure-fire NBA-level talent, but carrying a significant 'too risky' label for many teams, due to his struggles with anxiety disorder and an admitted fear of flying.

    The video is about 8:30, you should watch it all, then come back and be ready to answer a few questions I think White's situation raises for everyone involved in talent assessment, selection, and management.


    Wow, pretty powerful and compelling stuff. White, with in the words of his agent, 'The rest of the room against you', will get his chance at the highest level with the Houston Rockets, who seem to be the only team willing to take a chance on a talented guy with a few off the court problems that may or may not effect his ability to perform to the best of his ability.

    Ok, I promised a few questions then I'll wrap this up:

    1. Are the Rockets taking an unnecessary and perhaps reckless risk with one of their prized assets, their 1st round draft pick, by taking White?

    2.  Are the fans, customers, owners of the Rockets going to be patient and understanding if indeed White's problems with anxiety disorder impact negatively his ability to produce results on the court?

    3. Would you, in your role in HR, Recruiting, or just someone with any kind of responsibility or participation in a hiring process be willing to take the bad with the good in a candidate like White? Are you able to play a bit of a long game in your hiring and are you ready to have your own reputation and judgment called into question by making a so-called 'risky' hire?

    After watching the video and learning a little more about Royce White, you can't help feel for the guy and to hope that he is able to overcome or at least deal with his issues and become a successful and productive player.

    But also you want to root for his success not just for him, but for the Rockets organization, (largely Head Coach and NBA legend Kevin McHale), for taking a risk, for looking at the talent as a whole person not just a set of measurements and statistics, and reminding all of us that every candidate deserves a fair reckoning.

    Have a Great Weekend!

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    Do I really have to sign in in order to view the video? I wanna know about the issues regarding rockets. I've heard something about them and I think they're just mimicking issues.

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    June 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteveMC

    I clicked on the video and got a message that says "This video is private". Anyways, I have fear of flying experience and anxiety just like Royce. I work at Writers Hub and sometimes my anxiety leads to writer's block. I've read Royce has launched his own foundation called Anxious Minds to confront mental wellness issue. Good to know he's doing ok.

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