Magic Johnson: Understand Your Customers and Over-Deliver

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Magic Johnson: Understand Your Customers and Over-Deliver

On this podcast episode, the former basketball star discusses his pivot from the court to the boardroom.
Magic Johnson. Credit: Courtesy of Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson visited Stanford GSB in 2016 as part of the View From The Top speaker series. | Courtesy of Magic Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson is known globally for his success as one of the all-time great NBA stars. The Michigan native played 13 seasons for the LA Lakers before shooting for new ventures like starting a record label, a promotional company, and a chain of movie theaters.

During a visit to Stanford Graduate School of Business, Johnson joined Kara Hollis, MBA ’16, in a conversation on how he began his career transition well before he was off the court and why his competitive nature drives him to “over-deliver.”

Listen to the episode on View From The Top, the podcast.

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Stanford GSB’s View From The Top is the dean’s premier speaker series. It launched in 1978 and is supported in part by the F. Kirk Brennan Speaker Series Fund. During student-led interviews and before a live audience, leaders from around the world share insights on effective leadership, their personal core values, and lessons learned throughout their career.

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