Find Your Own Inner Warrior

You must know that I am not an avid sports fan. My father and brother watched all games all the time while I was growing up, and the rest of my family tagged along. The noise of it got to me, and I just couldn’t get into it. This used to be true. 

Photo: Keith Allison, CC Flickr

Photo: Keith Allison, CC Flickr

Fast forward to present time: my husband and daughter beg me to come sit with them. After watching the Warriors basketball team this season, there are six awesome lessons learned from the World Champions.


  1.  Keep it Simple – The head coach of this record setting champion team, Steve Kerr, said the team played a terrible game with a tight winning score to the Orlando Magic of 119-113, “The simple leads to the spectacular. Get back to the simple, simple, simple, and that is good enough.” (Source: 247sports)

Let’s take this a bit further. When we try to do the spectacular first, we end up sabotaging ourselves and failing miserably. We gain a great sense of pride when we know we have taken the necessary steps to succeed in our work in the salon, or with a client’s color process. It is too seductive to take the short route, and it never feels good.


  1.  Emotions – They can get the best of us.  Sometimes we equate this with passion and drive. As the article by 3pointwisdom, “Steve Kerr and the Emotions of Basketball” points out, “Hustle is not emotion; hustle is a choice.” The article goes on to say that, “Too often we think that emotion leads to hustle, but that’s not always true. You don’t need anger to hustle. And you don’t need emotional celebrations to lift you, either.”

This point is also relevant when it comes to hairdressers, who along with being my heroes, can be very attached to the highs and lows, the temperamental and moody. Consistency and steady moods create a much better environment than drama-filled salons, for everybody. Check in on your emotions and notice when you feel they are getting the best of you.


  1.  Trust – Back in October, 2015, Kerr took a medical leave to recover from two back surgeries. Luke Walton stepped in, and of course the pressures were great for him to perform well with this amazing team. As he drilled with his team, he never forgot Kerr’s leadership results in getting the team where they are. He was honest about his shortcomings, like sometimes being so much in the game, and forgetting to track certain aspects that a coach needs to.

According to the article, “Steve Kerr’s Bet On Luke Walton All Part of the Warriors’ Plan,” there was speculation whether Walton could manage the weight of coaching at a young 35, but he far exceeded their expectations. Walton settled in. After all, Kerr hand-picked him because of his ability to remain calm and to get behind the culture of the Warriors. He led the Warriors to a 19-0 record and was named coach of the month. Officially the wins are attributed to Kerr’s coaching, but Walton received recognition.

This is the hope of every salon owner, that they can trust their champion team to a manager while they are out. The manager must get behind the culture and take full ownership – as a privilege – never forgetting who built the culture.


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  1.  Generosity of Spirit – The team spirit of the Warriors is a consistent source of discussion. A few of the players play quite traditionally, which is every man for himself, but what you see more of on this team is passing the ball around to all team members. Everybody gets their hands in and, yes, there are the stars like Curry, Green, and Thompson, but they all share the spotlight. Another beautiful aspect: when a player is feeling it, they feed him the ball, and they let him shine.

We don’t have to be hoarders of talent or hoarders of the attention. Every stylist has a voice and strengths. I often find this in the education world, where there are so many stylists wanting to be top dog, instead of realizing that everyone needs to shine, everyone can make a contribution. Champions consider the whole team, not just themselves.


  1. Practiced – Every athlete on the team has a strong work ethic. The NBA has never seen a warm-up quite like Steph Curry’s. Thousands pile in just to watch him. According to the SF Chronicle’s staff writer, Rusty Simmons,

“90 minutes before every game, Curry acknowledges the crowd. Then, the creature of habit goes into an otherworldly zone that mesmerizes onlookers for 15 minutes. A bit of ballet.”

It’s not the length of time. It’s the quality of his focus. Practice your craft at home or come in early or stay after. Practice the aspects of your craft that are challenging. Physically run through a haircut. It’s not enough just to watch a YouTube video, sitting down, eating popcorn. Get up, set your tools out, and practice like a champion.


  1. Honor – Steph Curry, along with every player on the team, as a matter of fact, feel a great loyalty to their fans. Steph Curry recognizes the responsibility of the pulpit and acknowledges them before every game, and when he is finished with his warm up, he waves to the crowd and runs back in the tunnel. He never takes them for granted.

It is easy to get lazy and to forget it is an honor and a privilege to serve our clients. You are on your own little court every time you stand behind the chair. Remember you are serving them, treat them well, and invite them back. Remember, they are your champions, out there spreading the word about your business.

Consider these qualities and be the champion of our industry! Lead like a champion.



Look and see where you sell yourself short of being the kind of champion you would like to be.


Watch this video – Steve Kerr & Andre Iguodala Get Technical Fouls After Mike Conley Travel!

Read More – Steph Curry’s Warm Up


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