Michael Jordan is a popular figure in the world of sportsmanship, having played as a professional player. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. He played for the Chicago Bulls and quickly rose as a basket ball star with his prolific scoring. Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments are numerous including: five MVP awards, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring.
As a player, Jordan fought for a lot of entitlements for players including the salary cap and the limit put on it. He fought that the players be paid well and not be over-capped. He argued against the owners and raised the flag of “better treatment, better pay, low luxury tax”, making it clear that the owners of the basketball clubs were not treating them right.
That was some years back, before Jordan became the majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Now, Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and as the event of the 2011 NBA Lockout played out, The New York Times wrote that Micheal Jordan led a group of 10 to 14 hardline owners wanting to cap the players’ share of basketball related income at 50 percent and as low as 47.
Same Jordan fighting for the players few years back, now fighting that the players salary be capped. Of course he is now on the side of the owners, since he is an owner himself.
Note that Michael Jordan is the first former NBA player ever to become the majority owner of a league franchise. So, I’m guessing that the players were thrilled to have a former player, thinking that he would jump at increasing their benefits.
Alas, it didn’t turn out the way the players assumed. And when the players raised the alarm of betrayal towards Jordan, he explained that he is now a majority owner and his mindset has shifted from being a player to being an owner.
The aim of my rambling on about Jordan is this- employers and employees are on two different ends of the employment rope and therefore think differently. The way your brain works as an employee is different from the way it will work when you become an employer. It’s just natural that you will have a paradigm shift, by way of thinking.
And the truth is, it’s just natural that Jordan behaves differently from when he was a player on a basketball team. He is no longer a basketball player, but a league owner. He naturally thinks like an owner.
Therefore employers need to consciously learn to put themselves in the employees’ shoe; employees also need to put themselves in their employers’ shoe. So, there can be a balance of some sort. In this way employees can see things through the eyes of the employer and vice versa.
So the question is, what is the assurance that you will not do the same things you complained about as an employee, when you become an employer?