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Building While Flying

Jul 29, 2021

For this week’s podcast guest, almost every relationship, opportunity, and experience can be tied back to the sport of basketball. He now uses lessons from his own experiences and from some of the all-time greats to teach and lead others to success.

Welcome to Building While Flying!

This weekly podcast is brought to you by the Sasha Group. We’re the small-to-medium-sized business arm of the VaynerX family of companies. We help ambitious companies build strong brands that flex with the times through strategy, branding, media, and marketing.

In ever-changing times, businesses and brands have to shift and adapt. And across all sectors, there is an air of experimentation. Business owners are trying new things out in the wild;  building the plane while flying.

Our pilots, Katie Hankinson and Mickey Cloud, will be talking to a diverse range of business leaders and founders. They’ll explore how these guests tackle various challenges while staying resilient and committed to growth. Through these real-life examples of strategies put into practice, we hope to inspire you to experiment and develop your own strategies as we all navigate these uncertain times together. 

Alan Stein, Jr. found the intersection between his biggest passions: basketball and helping others be successful.

As a basketball performance coach for 15 years, he worked with high-performing athletes to help them reach their highest potential. Now, as a keynote speaker and workshop leader, he applies many of the same principles to the corporate and business world. He teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines.

This week, Alan joins Mickey to dive into each step of his career: from his college basketball days at Elon University, to coaching at Kobe Bryant’s academy, to mentoring teams at Fortune 500 companies across the country. Alan shares some of the biggest lessons he’s learned from the biggest names in the NBA: like Kobe’s dedication to the basics, and Steph Curry’s desire for excellence. He also shares how he’s carried experiences from one career to the next, and how his college basketball days shaped his career and life more than he could have imagined.

Other in-flight topics:

  • Lessons learned from playing college basketball 
  • Giving yourself grace
  • The importance of preparation
  • Taking skills and lessons from one career to the next
  • Lessons learned from NBA superstars
  • His “speaker’s checklist”
  • ...and more!

One last note: if you’ve ever wanted Gary Vaynerchuk’s business advice, now’s your chance. We’d love for you to join us for our next virtual 4Ds on August 19!

4Ds  - also known as Digital Discovery & Deep Dive - is for entrepreneurs, marketers and leaders. We’ll dissect the current state of social and digital marketing and how to harness it to strengthen your career and business. You’ll hear from VaynerX experts and Gary himself as we help you unlock explosive growth for your business. Send us an email to to learn more and book your seat.