Men Who Work Better w/ Women..More Successful-Lean In's Rachel Thomas

Becky Hammond, 1st female NBA coach coaching Kawhi Leonard, Spurs' guard.

In Part 3 of our blog series entitled, How Male Allies Can Support Women’s Emerging Success, Rachel Thomas, Co Founder of Lean In shares the benefits to men and fathers in supporting women's success which includes men finding more success themselves at work. Then, Becky Hammond, the first female NBA coach ever and one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, Gregg Popovich discuss their relationship and the opportunity he invited her to take advantage of with the San Antonio Spurs.

Below you'll find the Rachel Thomas transcript continues or you can watch the video.

NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade Lean In

NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade Lean In

So, switching gears, I want to tell you about, we just released the second season of a campaign, called Lean In Together with the NBA, hopefully some of you have been watching the games and have seen our ad, but it’s all about you! What men can do to support women and the benefits to everyone when you do.

 

So we know from research that active father’s raise kids that are happier, healthier, and more successful.  We know that equal partnerships (50/50 partnerships at home) we know those couples have stronger marriages and more sex, that’s an incentive.  And we also know that in the workplace, men who work better with women, and men who know how to tap the full talents of a team are more successful.

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors Leans In

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors Leans In

As part of the campaign we developed some videos, so, if you went to the website you would see Chris Bosh, Draymond Green, talking about how to be a 50/50 partner, an all star dad. And one that I wanted to show you today is Becky Hammon, who I hope all of you know is the first female coach of the NBA, and she’s talking about what a difference it made, the coaches in her life who pushed her forward, and they were her workplace MVPs.  So if we could just play it for a second: 

(Video plays)

Becky shouts, ¨What a great opportunity!  Alright!  Let’s go!  Come on, Come on!¨

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammond with Head Coach, Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammond with Head Coach, Gregg Popovich

Becky says, ¨I’m not here unless Coach (Popovich), kind of sees me genderless, he sees me as a person who knows basketball.¨

Coach Popovich says,  ¨That was a good test, you got through that!¨

Becky says:  ¨He didn’t care that I was a woman, what he cared about was, can I help the team and will I do a good job?¨ 

San Antonio Spurs Head Coach, Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs Head Coach, Gregg Popovich

Coach Popovich says:  ¨She talks the game, she understands the game, so in that respect I have no doubts that she is going to be able to be one heck of a coach.¨ 

Becky shouts to San Antonio Spurs basketball team:  ¨Don’t get too cute out here!  Stay serious, stay focused!  Let’s play the right way!¨

Becky says:  ¨(Popovich) leaned in for me, big time and I think people want to put me on this barrier breaker.  Really (Popovich) is the barrier breaker.¨

 ¨You know, I might have been the tool but he thrust me through that ceiling.¨

Becky Hammond, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach.

Becky Hammond, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach.

Becky shouts to San Antonio Spurs: ¨Way to close, way to close!  Now we got some energy!  Let’s go, keep it up!¨ 

Becky says:  ¨The fact that he invited me into their inner circle was a huge vote of confidence and I do believe leadership knows no gender.  Traditionally, we had been taught to believe that leaders are only men and I think that’s why it’s important that little boys and little girls see women as strong and capable.  There’s tons of progress that needs to be made so we all have to Lean In.  We can’t just expect the guys to, we have to come in and support each other, just as much as we want the men to.¨

¨Support for the women you work with can go a long way, Lean In for gender equality.¨

(Video ends)

Rachel Thomas speaks:

Rachel Thomas of Lean In

Rachel Thomas of Lean In

So as part of the campaign we also developed a set of tips, lots of sets of tips actually, if you want to find more about being a Workplace MVP you can actually text us right now, “Work MVP@55888” and you will get a text tip once a week for six weeks and these are really easy things.  The idea is you read them one day and you do them the next.  If you go to our website, you’ll find more tips and information as well. We always pack a lot of data in anything we do and if you download the tips, you’ll see all the citations so it’s all sourced information, happy to share that and hope you’ll join us on the website.  I hope you’ll join us on social media with the hashtag #LeanInTogether.  And just really thrilled to be here because, thank you!  It’s really going to take men and women working together hand in glove to get to equality and to see the world differently and (I’m) so excited that everybody in the room is committed to the mission so thank you much!

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