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Unorthodox question or Brainteaser?

Someone asked on Apr 01, 2018 - 2 answers

Hi everyone, just got the following question (given the way it was framed / considering practicality of the question, I think the interviewer might have meant it more as a brainteaser): "how would you ensure your country won the next NBA tournament?"

Discuss!

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Vlad replied on Apr 02, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

If it is NBA, then you've already solved the case since it's just the US.

If it is some other championship, think about several areas:

Start by clarifying the objective:

  • How do we define the winning success factors
  • What is the current level vs the desired level

Next I will use the following structure:

Motivation and team

  • Team composition
  • Financial
  • Non-financial

Developing the skills

  • Prep program (quality, structure, homework, etc)
  • Tools (Gyms, cardio, etc)
  • Coaches (Education, quality)

Infrastructure & funding

  • Assets (Building, sports grounds, IT, etc)
  • Funding (Ad Sponsors, Federal / state / local funding, Private Sponsors, Non-profits / mentor council, Funding abroad, Private - Parents)

Performance & monitoring

  • Our initiatives
  • KPIs
  • How do we track the performance of the team

Best

Someone replied on Apr 01, 2018

Hey,

Either there's something wrong in that question... or for me it just sounds as a very quick brainteaser to check you're paying enough attention to realize that no country can win a NBA tournment, because it's not a nations competition.

Best

Bruno