Key Business Lessons from Stephen Curry’s Offseason Focus on Perfection

While Curry is confident in torching the net with every shot he makes, not all of his made baskets are treated equally from his perspective. Curry and his personal trainer, Brandon Payne, worked hard this past off-season to ensure precise and efficient shots. Payne utilized technology to track the ball’s movement as Curry practiced his shooting, and converted it into data they were able to analyze and leverage to improve Curry’s already lethal shooting skills.

In order to quantify Curry’s free throws, the technology used tracked the ball’s arc as well as how close to the center the ball entered the basket. Payne and Curry agreed that if the ball did not drop through the middle, it was a failed attempt. These standards also applied to Curry’s moving shots, as if he were up against a defender as well. So far the results speak for themselves, with Curry currently leading the league in scoring, averaging 30.4 points per game.

Just as many businesses take time to perfect new processes, Curry had to do the same. Curry and his team of trainers are able to identify bottlenecks and measure efficiency from basket to basket to ensure he is putting his best foot forward, as well as maintaining peak performance and synergy with the team. Curry comments that if one does not have the kind of stimulation within workouts and practices that Payne provides, then they become mundane and chore-like.

With an ever-expanding surplus of information, it is increasingly difficult for organizations to decide where to focus their efforts to deliver meaningful results. Here are three key things to remember;

  • Data and metrics can be too much. Be sure to talk with your advisors to determine what you should be focusing on, such as Curry and Payne choosing to analyze the arc and the location of the ball going into the net.
  • Like basketball, business is a team sport. As Curry knows, success depends on both individual performance and the overall performance of the group. Variations on this type of analysis can be applied to businesses when you use metrics to identify bottlenecks, measure efficiency, and increase accountability across key departments and personnel.
  • Strategic partnerships are everything. Curry and Payne worked with expert data, analytic software, and hardware providers to help them succeed, and you should too. Choosing the right advisory team can mean the difference between simply spinning your wheels and growing your business to its full potential.

With over 25 years of experience consulting with industry-leading companies, Talley LLP is committed to providing clear, knowledgeable, and applicable financial data and analysis solutions, enabling management to intelligently track performance, progress, and profits. To determine whether your business is taking advantage of all the metrics available to make the most informed decisions for future success, schedule a time to talk with us today.

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