Apr 11, 2013 by Lindsay Gower
Budding flowers the harbingers of spring? Nah, spring arrives with baseball!
It’s time once again to consider the metaphors of baseball and how to apply them to business…and to life.
No one is perfect. Buster Posey, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, batted .336 in the 2012 regular season—better than anyone else in baseball. That means, for every 10 times he stepped up to bat, he made it to base just 3.3 times. He trudged back to the dug-out more often than he hit the ball. For this, he is acknowledged as outstanding.
Keep at it. The “Never Say Die and Don’t Whine While Not Saying It” Award goes to Barry Zito. (You football fans might think Alex Smith, but he took the high road for weeks while Barry trod it for years.) Do your job. Do it to the best of your ability; no whining, no blaming. Work to improve. If you do, your day will come. Until your day comes, you can hold your head up.
Together, we’re giant. Whoever the “we” is—your company, your work team, you and your clients, you and your family— you will develop synergy, expand creativity, experience more happiness by doing it together. The Giants’ slogan “Together, we’re giant” —meaning the team and the fans—is not just a sweet and clever slogan. Without fans, baseball ain’t much. The same can be said for anyone’s business.
Celebrate the wins. Watch any of the festive Home Opener ceremonies last week? Each ball club threw themselves a party — and did it before anything had yet happened. So let’s all kick off each year, or quarter, or each project, with similar up-front confidence and optimism. And then more back-patting on completion. Finish up a project on time, on budget, for a smiling customer? Buy yourself a nifty ring. Or a panda hat.
Remember, you aren’t perfect and neither is every product or project you work on. But you can make them excellent. Celebrate that!