March Madness: Leadership, creativity, street smarts and risk-taking

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March 13, 2018

By: Rich Branning, Managing Director, JLL

Oh boy, it’s that time of the year again: MARCH MADNESS! The brackets are out. I’m ready for tip-off.

This year is a bit different though. Just before the four best prepared teams head to San Antonio for the Final Four (March 31-April 2) I’ll be celebrating a poignant anniversary. On March 25, it will be exactly 40 years since my teammates and I celebrated becoming the first – and as of writing this – still the only Notre Dame team to appear in an NCAA Final Four.

It was a phenomenal experience. In the regular season, we went 20 – 6 and beat #1 ranked Marquette, as well as UCLA. It was only a 32-team tournament back then, but we were fortunate enough to make it to the dance four straight seasons. In 1978, we beat #3 Depaul (which only lost two games all season) to win the Midwest Regional and advance to the Final Four. 

 

‘Two of Everything’

Our coach, Digger Phelps called us the “Noah’s Ark team.” As he told the school’s Sports Information Director earlier this month: “We had two of everything.” We did. Even with five freshmen we had the deepest bench (eight of ten guys drafted to the NBA made it) of virtually any team we played that year and Digger used that bench effectively.

” He always drilled into us the importance of teamwork and preparation, not just for the game of basketball, but for the game of life. “

And, we were well prepared. Digger made sure of that. He always drilled into us the importance of teamwork and preparation, not just for the game of basketball, but for the game of life. In 20 years coaching at Notre Dame, his teams won a school record 393 games, losing 197. But there’s another stat he’s probably more proud of: 56-56. The number of players he coached, and the number that graduated. In an era of “one-and-done” not too many college basketball coaches can say that.

 

Leadership, creativity, street smarts, risk-taking

Digger also emphasized to us the importance of leadership, creativity, street smarts and having the confidence to take calculated risks. I think he was just as proud when his players implemented those traits after their basketball careers as he was when we demonstrated it on the court.

” But in my experience, success is when preparation meets opportunity. “

I’m still focused on preparation every day in my career as a real estate advisor to many of the most successful and recognizable companies in the Bay Area. So too, are my clients. It’s been said that luck is when preparation meets the opportunity. But in my experience, success is when preparation meets opportunity.

About me

I’ve had the honor of advising and representing the Bay Area’s top high growth companies on more than 20 million square feet of real estate transactions over the past 25+ years, offering creative negotiating strategies from an entrepreneurial point of view. To me, bringing integrity and value everyday to the client is the baseline. I specialize in software, professional services, finance, life science and semiconductor industry sectors with an emphasis on real estate strategy and negotiations.

You can reach me directly by email at rich.branning@am.jll.com or via phone at +1 (650) 480-2188.

One thought on “March Madness: Leadership, creativity, street smarts and risk-taking

  1. Elias

    I did not know this about you, Rich! I look forward to learning more about your illustrious career in both bball and real estate and am hopeful we’ll be able to bring value to an international client of yours in the very near future!

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