Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!
This week’s focus: being in the moment
As I watched an American League Champion Series (ALCS) game to determine whether the Boston Red Sox or the Detroit Tigers would go on to compete in the World Series, I was struck by 2 things:
- The Red Sox pitcher gave up 5 runs before he was pulled from the game. This seemed to me to be at least 2 more runs than needed to be given up before the Red Sox manager pulled the pitcher. Why, during this critical game, did the manager allow a guy who was ineffective to continue? Why was the bullpen not ready for a change? What was the manager thinking?
- Later in the same game, the Detroit Tigers were up 5-1. Their pitcher loaded the bases. David Ortiz (Big Papi) was at bat and, rather than walk him and allow 1 run to score, they decided to pitch to him and, not entirely unexpectedly, Ortiz hit a grand slam home run tying the game. What was the manager thinking?
Over the course of 162 games, it seems it is easy to become complacent by about the 170th game of the season. But, when the stakes are so high, why didn’t the team managers behave differently? Were they running on autopilot? Why weren’t they in the moment doing something different to respond immediately to the threat?
When business conditions change, a stock response may not do the trick. The Red Sox ultimately prevailed in the game though they made it much tougher on themselves than they had to. While I’m grateful to see Big Papi hit a grand slam home run, I think it was managerial malpractice to pitch to Ortiz at such a critical moment.
What’s important is recognizing that each moment is different and a robotic response may not be appropriate. That is how you thrive.
Thought for the week:
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com
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