You’d think creating a championship culture is easy when athletes are making millions of dollars each season.
But in my experience it is just as difficult to create a championship culture in this environment as it is in your company.
Baseball managers have to deal with players who have similar attitudes, behaviors, and accomplishments as their employees.
I know this is hard to believe, but they have to deal with athletes with …
- inflated egos,
- an inability to take feedback and coaching,
- closed minds to change the way they do things because they have had a lot of success with it for a long time, but this approach is not going to take your performance to the next level.
- An attitude that focuses more on the position they are supposed to play, or their playing time, than what is best for the team as a whole
Does that sound familiar to you?
If so, you might want to take an approach like Alex Cora, which was used for the Boston Red Sox during this world baseball championship season.
First year manager Alex Cora created a unique culture on his team.
It resulted in a record of 108 games during a 162-game season and a gain of 0.667 percent, one of the best in Major League Baseball history.
Coras was a simple approach.
He treated each of his team members like a person, not an object that was just a means to an end. Too many business leaders do the latter rather than the former.
Here are two examples of Cora’s style:
- After losing the third game of the World Series in a record 18 innings over seven hours… ”Cora walked into the clubhouse and called everyone together. He looked at each of them and said he was grateful for their efforts and proud to be part of their team. “It was emotional,” said shortstop Xander Bogaerts. “In the end we felt we had won the game.” (ESPN.com, Tim McKeown, October 29, 2018)
- “Asked if he ever gets mad at his players – in other words, is your calm appearance an elaborate lie? – He said: “No, I don’t. I talk to you. If I have something to say to you, I just sit with you. Casual, very casual. I try to have good conversations.” (ESPN.com, Tim McKeown, October 29, 2018)
You see, it all comes down to good communication.
Championship caliber communication.
Fast, direct and respectful communication.
You can create one Championship corporate culture Just like Alex Cora with his Boston Red Sox.
All you need is your own game plan and a commitment to championship-caliber communication.
Easier said than done, I know.
Therefore, only those who are really committed and who hold on to and receive coaching win championships. But the end result is worth it and will pay off for a long, long time to come.