Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Navigating a business in an atmosphere in which everything is politicized isn't as easy as bouncing a ball up and down.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank must have felt like the ball a few months ago, as he got bounced around by his own stars.
Plank had enthusiastically declared that Donald Trump was "a real asset to the country."
Under Armour endorsers The Rock and Misty Copeland showed their displeasure.
Then Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry explained that he felt the word asset needed neither the "e" or the "t," if it was describing the president.
The company is going through uncertain times. Its shoes don't quite exude pulchritude and its apparel isn't yet de rigueur. So his CEO listened.
Plank retreated to an insistence that his words hadn't reflected his, um, intent.
Now, however, he's retreated out of the Trump tent entirely by resigning from the president's manufacturing council.
It's not as if Plank was alone. He had the CEOs of Merck and Intel for company.
How, though, might Curry react?
Would he issue a firm statement saying that Plank had done the right thing and was now showing the level of leadership normally associated with, say, Steve Kerr?
Would he go on camera and utter a few I told you so's?
Instead, late on Monday night, he took to Twitter and emitted four simple emojis.
Two were of clapping hands. One was of a bulging bicep. And the last? Two fingers offering a V for victory (or, perhaps, a sign of peace).
Of course, Curry didn't explain what he was referring to. Enough of his followers began to grasp it all on their own.
You can bet there was one person who definitely got it. Kevin Plank.
Curry, I'm guessing, didn't want to show Plank up. Neither did he want to offer some sort of hectoring noise that would come across as crowing.
Instead, this was one rare time when emojis actually carried the right tone.
Thoughtfulness and subtlety are often so much better than shouting and bombast.
Even politicians learn that occasionally.