LeBron James: NBA Champion ... and The ULTIMATE Boomerang Employee

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What an NBA Finals! Although our hometown Golden State Warriors fell just short of bringing back-to-back NBA championships to the Bay Area, you have to appreciate the perseverance that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed, despite facing an overwhelming amount of pressure. The Cavs were down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series; no team in league history had ever come back from such a deficit to win the series. But LeBron put the team on his back, racked up three straight unbelievable performances and willed his way to not only Cleveland’s first major sports championship in more than 50 years, but also take home MVP honors.

The way we see it, LeBron James is not only an MVP, but the ultimate "Boomerang Employee."

To recap, LeBron’s latest championship comes nearly six years after he bolted Cleveland to take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat. While he won two titles with Miami, Cavs management (and fans) were left with relentless resentment toward LeBron, which included an emotion-filled letter from Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. In 2014, he announced he was “coming home” to the Cavs and, all of a sudden, all was forgiven in Cleveland. Earlier this year, our own Erik Charles spoke about the importance of welcoming home the "Boomerang Employee" (someone who quit his/her employer, only to come back after a period of time). While some may shun the idea of rehiring employees, there are still benefits to welcome them back to the company, such as familiarity to the organization and bringing back new ideas. For LeBron, he won his two championships with the Heat. With newfound drive, he simply wanted to go home and win one for Cleveland … and he knew what it was going to take to get them over the hump. In the last two years, LeBron faced ridicule from so-called ‘experts,’ who said he left a good thing in Miami and should not have come back home. Still, he stayed the course and put together one of the greatest NBA Finals performances of all-time this season. Now, the Cavs are world champs.

So what can LeBron James teach us about rehiring Boomerang Employees?

Remember that employees who want to return to their former employer have a fresh perspective after seeing what else was out there. Contrary to what others believe, they will have more loyalty to the company than in the past. Oh … and that onboarding process is much simpler the second time around! So congrats to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. You and your city deserve this title. But rest assured … we at Xactly are proud of our Warriors and know they will be back next season!