NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Has the X Factor

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I wrote about the “X Factor” in this article. I first defined the qualities I found in the most successful advisors I know. It’s a combination of thinking differently, a focus on listening rather than speaking, trying to elicit the agenda of their prospect rather than imposing their own and never being defensive.

There’s also something else – the X factor. It’s an intangible. I can’t describe it in concrete terms. But I recognize it when I see it.

Many advisors ask me how they can emulate the conduct of advisors with the X factor. It’s a challenging question.

I recently found it in an unlikely source: The commissioner of the National Basketball Association, Adam Silver.