Myth #2: Freddie Kitchens was not John Dorsey’s first choice
I have a two-part rebuttal to this. First, there are many married couples who will tell you that their spouse was not necessarily their first choice, but they turned out to be the best choice. Make no mistake, for better or worse (pardon the pun), Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey are married. This is a hire that Dorsey cannot distance himself from so the question is, even if that were true, so what? Dorsey may have taken the general manager’s job with a short list in his head, but after watching Kitchens coach for eight games and interviewing several other candidates, he decided that the grass was not going to be greener with another coach.
That brings me to my second point. If he may have had a first choice that wasn’t Kitchens, it gives me more confidence in John Dorsey, not less. It shows an adaptable mind. A leader who is secure enough to admit his first choice might not be the best choice. A leader who puts the organization ahead of ego or agenda. I suppose that may seem quaint in a culture that is increasingly about “empowering yourself”, but it’s not a bad quality. It’s really not.