Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

People make very silly mistakes.

It could be because they're young, they're impetuous or, well, they're just people.

A good boss should be prepared for that. 

A high-class boss should know how to handle it.

And then there's Michael Jordan. 

Yes, you probably have a pair of his sneakers somewhere. You might even have watched one or two of his more glorious nights as a player. (But not, perhaps, with the Birmingham Barons.)

Now, though, he's the 55-year-old owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

Last night, his team were playing the Detroit Pistons and it looked like the Hornets had won, after Jeremy Lamb sank a charming 22-footer.

A couple of Lamb's teammates ran onto the court in jubilation.

Oh, but the game wasn't quite over. And then refs decided to penalize one of the overly happy, Malik Monk, for his transgression. A technical foul.

Monk slunk back the bench, there to be confronted by an angry Jordan.

The alleged legend first remonstrated. Then he showed just what a big man he is.

He slapped Monk on the back of the head. Not once, but twice.

Because he's Michael Jordan.

Naturally, some have seen this as evidence of Jordan's preternaturally competitive spirit.

They'll insist that this is the sort of thing that wins you championships and makes you a legend.

Then again, they could just see this as a boss acting like an oaf.

If your best resort is rage and physical violence, you have no game. 

Especially if you choose to exert that physical violence in public, so that everyone can see how big you are.

Oh, but this is big-time sports, I still hear you cry.

Please, then, let me present you with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Can you imagine him walking up to one of his players during a game and smacking him upside the head?

Oddly enough, I can't. 

Yet he's led the Warriors to three NBA championships in the last four years.

What have any of Jordan's teams won since he stopped playing? I'll get back to you on that.

Kerr used to play with Jordan on the Chicago Bulls. One day during a scrimmage, he got fed up of Jordan's aggressive ways. 

Naturally, Jordan made the first physically aggressive move. Surprisingly, Kerr punched him back

You might think this unwise -- Kerr jokes that it was. He earned a little respect, however.

There's something about bullies that gets tiresome after a (short) while. One thing they don't like is when the bullied strike back.

Of course, the interchange between Jordan and Monk ended with some smiles.

What was 20-year-old Monk to do, punch his boss back on live TV? 

In any case, he knew when he got back to the locker room his teammates would give him hell. 

Did Jordan need to hit him? Of course not. But that's the way he runs things.

There are other ways.

Published on: Dec 13, 2018
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