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When Your Heart Isn’t in It

Leadership lessons from Magic Johnson

You have to really not like a job to quit during an impromptu interview on live television.

Magic Johnson—a man who has lived in the public eye for more than 40 years and is one of the best-known sports figures in the world—did just that last week, leaving his role as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations suddenly and just before the team’s season finale.

Johnson’s call came after a difficult season in which the team failed to live up to high hopes after signing megastar LeBron James. But he revealed his decision publicly before even telling his boss, team owner Jeanie Buss. According to reports, his departure was prompted in part because he had no desire to fire Lakers coach Luke Walton.

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