I had a chance to go to a book launch for Warriors vice chairman Vivek Ranadive' last week. Ranadive', who was a catalyst when it came to owner Joe Lacob putting together his ownership group to buy the team, recently wrote a book entitled: "The Two-Second Advantage."Ranadive', the founder and CEO of TIBCO Software, Inc., has helped create an industry using the concept of "real-time." He's also a big sports fan and intrigued at how gathering and processing large amounts of information in a very short period of time can give companies certain advantages.Wayne Gretzky, considered by most to be the greatest hockey player of all time, is a central figure in the book, co-written by Kevin Maney. The idea is that elite performers -- in any line of work -- are able to anticipate what is likely to happen before it ever does.
The sports analogy Ranadive' uses in his book -- and one he believes applies to virtually all businesses -- is how Gretzky was able to skate where the puck was going to be not where the puck was. The authors believe that was Gretzky's most significant edge.I'm heading out for a few days and will be taking the book along with me. Last book I read was George Dorhmann's "Play Their Hearts Out." Put it this way Ranadive' has his work cut out for him.When I return, I'll be interviewing Ranadive', and finding out if there are practical applications from the book that the Warriors could possibly apply.