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Build a Team Like the Boston Red Sox
Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Admittedly, I am a great fan of any Boston sports team during playoffs. During the regular season, I find other interests lure me away from the games. Even so, I was caught up in the excitement of watching the Red Sox win another World Series. During all the playoff games I saw some amazing performances by both rookies and seasoned players.
What amazed me most was some of the analyses during and after the playoff games. I heard that Jonathan Papelbon was originally a starting pitcher. He was miserable. He had great anxiety about playing and couldn’t sleep the night before a game. He asked Terry Francona and Theo Epstein to transfer his role from starting pitcher to closer. They listened. Based on his intensity as he pitched and the amazing results, it was clearly a great move.
Then we saw how Francona used the team’s rookies, giving them opportunities to play in the World Series. He integrated the proven front line players with others who actually underperformed during the regular season. They learned to work off each other. What we witnessed was inspirational. Many players reached new heights and played outstanding baseball. By not relying on just the best in-season performers, the coach invested in the team’s future. The result was the development of a well-oiled team.
Now Francona and Epstein are making some hard decisions about whom they will need for the team of the future versus preserving the team of the past. In professional sports, teams trade players often leaving no room for loyalty or gratitude. It’s all about preparing for the next year or two. Other types of businesses hopefully operate with more humanity when making decisions that affect their employees.
You can learn from the Red Sox about building a workplace team. Here are some of the ways:
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