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Hope Once Again in Los Angeles

April 6, 2012

On March 27th, 2012, as a long time fan of the LA Dodgers, I breathed a sigh of relief.  The ownership of the Dodgers finally switched hands and at the helm of the new era stood Magic Johnson.  Once again there was a glimmer of hope in the Dodgers organization.  The hope I think can best be summarized by Vin Scully’s response to the new ownership:

“At first I was amazed that they won, and then like everybody else, I was overwhelmed by the price that they paid,” Scully said.  “But at the same time it’s also encouraging, especially to the fans. Someone who invests that much money, you know they’re going to invest every ounce of energy to make it a go, to make it a winning team. So I think that’s probably the best thought to conclude after all the other maneuvering.”

Although Magic is just a small percentage owner of the Dodgers, his winning attitude and great aptitude for business will be a welcome change in the organization.  At Status Not Quo, we had the incredible opportunity to meet Magic last month and hear him speak at the Santa Clarita Valley Industry Association B2B show.  I have been a Magic fan since the 80s and was so impressed with what he has done with his life and career since leaving the NBA as a player.  I knew he was considered a successful entrepreneur, but was blown away by the depth of his success and the passion he brings to everything he does.   If you ever have the opportunity to hear him at one of his business speaking engagements, I highly recommend it!

I wanted to share with you the Core Values listed on his MJ Enterprises Site.  The values have both substance as well as objectives that the organization can easily be held accountable for.  When creating a list of Core Values for your organization, think about incorporating principals that do the same:


  • Accountability to having quality standards and measureable outcomes
  • Over delivering on our promise to our customers and business partners
  • Empowering and improving the quality of life in our communities
  • Creating and sustaining the best work environment
  • Building strategic partnerships that benefit the community and strengthen our brand value
  • Delivering integrated and innovative solutions to opportunities and challenges
  • Recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest, skilled personnel
  • Fostering and practicing teamwork

I hope that as we enter the 2nd Quarter of 2012 that we continue to over deliver on our promises and empower our customers to do the same!

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