Sunday, August 10, 2003


What's this about?

Management consultant, baseball writer, and columnist for InformationWeek, Computerworld, and InfoWorld, Jeff Angus shows how anyone can become a better manager by taking lessons from the National Pastime.

  • How do you start an organization from scratch?
    Take a page from baseball’s 19th century origins.

  • How do you adapt to changing markets and social conditions?
    Learn from the man who invented Babe Ruth.

  • What are the simplest ways to turn around a weak department?
    Pick up Dick Williams’ proven tactics.

  • How do you redesign corporate strategy in response to your competitors?
    Learn Joe Torre’s secret advantage.

This blog arms you with practical examples and proven techniques you can use to improve your managerial effectiveness:

Managing the Mechanics

Every day of the baseball season, skippers skillfully juggle complex decisions from choosing a lineup to calling for a steal. In the dugout, they handle abstract concepts like time management and training techniques. In the office, they pore over research reports and apply them to the problems at hand. Learn from the masters the methods of successful operational management (and lessons in what to avoid from baseball’s biggest bunglers).

Managing Talent

Great baseball managers know how to get the most out of a team over a long season by understanding how to evaluate and motivate players, and when and how to hire and fire them. Learn how to apply their models and get the most out of your team.

Managing Yourself

The most successful managers in and out of baseball learn enough about their own habits, biases, and strengths to overcome preconceived notions. Boost your own skills through examples of how baseball’s best and worst came to grips with intellectual and emotional blind spots that undermined their effectiveness.

Managing Change--and Driving It

The best baseball managers know how to adapt to significant changes in the game. So should anyone who works outside a ballpark. Lessons from baseball will improve your ability to thrive in times of change and actively drive changes to your company's advantage — and your own.
Drawing from my frontline management consulting experience, exclusive interviews from his baseball reporting, and fascinating research from baseball's best contemporary observers, I deliver practical and entertaining lessons from over a century of the National Pastime for fans and businessfolk alike, and I invite you to add your management lessons you've already learned from baseball.
For questions, comments or insight, write me by clicking on the following link and then
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