Years ago I went to meet with a group of people that I didn't know in another town about 2 hours away. It was a group meeting of members of the New York state chapter of the National Speakers Association, of which I was a member. The topic was finding ways to get more speaking engagements, and I figured I could use a jump start on that one.

While we were sitting there waiting for a couple more people to show up, one of the people there says to the rest of us "You may not know it but you know this man here." Of course none of us knew who he was, so she said his name is Jim Johnson. I only knew of the race car driver Jimmie Johnson, and not much about him at all, but I didn't think he was this man.

Then she said "Remember the ESPN story about the autistic boy who got into the basketball game and hit all those 3-pointers?" All of us except one person knew that story; that was one of the best feel good stories ever. She then said "This is the coach who put him in." Now that was impressive, and what a great introduction this man will have for the rest of his life.

Strange thing about leadership. It doesn't always have to be for the best interest of the team. Sometimes it's about the best interest of one person, and it might teach the team and others something while doing it. I know this coach never knew that his act was going to cause what it caused and how powerful a message it would end up being. Truthfully, it might have gotten lost if this kid hadn't hit all those shots and hadn't been as engaging once he started gaining some celebrity about the whole thing.

Quality all around, and now I'd like to share that video for those who haven't seen it and for those who might want to see it again: