Play Ball! Business Leadership Lessons from Baseball

How about them Cubs?

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Business leadership can be exhausting. So take a break, and indulge and reflect on glorious memories of  our National Pastime. It’s springtime in Chicagoland, and thoughts, at least on the north side, again turn toward the perpetual saga of the Chicago Cubs. After endless agonizing decades, three short years ago,  the Cubs managed the seemingly impossible, and rose again to the status of World Series champions. And now, each year, anxious fans wonder, “Are we going to have to wait for another 100 years?”

In 2016, millions of lifelong fans, and new fans, and miscellaneous believers in miracles, agonized over every pitch, every catch, every breath, and every decision by the coaching staff.

“They should pull the pitcher now!” “Why did they pull the pitcher?” “Why is he starting?” Several million armchair coaches screamed, and groaned, and shouted their managerial input to anyone remotely nearby. Countless babies and canines had their quiet slumbers shattered by anguished wails and screams directed at jumbo flat screen televisions. Second-guessing decisions dominated fine dinner discussions and contributed to inebriated bar brawls.

In the midst of this tempest and city-wide madness, team leadership held their course. With a controlled calmness found nowhere else within Chicago city limits, they assessed their position, made decisions, and steered the team to victory.

Business leadership: fly the “W!”

So in the spirit of the spring season, and the evergreen hope of a repeat run, what can we learn about leadership from the wild ride of the 2016 Chicago Cubs?

  • Set the right goal. The Cubs’ goal was not to get to the World Series; their goal was to win the World Series. In setting your goals, don’t sell yourself short.
  • Not everything is a democracy. A leader may solicit input, but leadership means making the call. The buck stops with you.
  • You will have setbacks. Plan for them. If you need to win all three remaining games, set your sights and do it.
  • It’s a team sport. The leader alone is powerless. Success is created by the team. Build your team carefully, and support them for the win.
  • Nothing is hopeless. It might take awhile, but nothing is hopeless.

Build your business for success.Take the time and set your strategy and plans.  Do not be discouraged by goats, curses or fan interference. Such things are a part of the journey. Try not to take 108 years to reach your goal, but if you do, know that the celebration will be great. Take charge, be bold in your actions, lead your team to victory, and fly the “W” for the win!

Go, Cubs, Go! Lessons in Business Leadership, from Baseball

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