Boston Red Sox, World Champions

Last year the Red Sox top management micromanaged and hired Bobby Valentine as manager over the objection of Ben Cherington.  By the second week of spring training Valentine alienated virtually every player on the team.  Valentine’s performance illustrated how inept he was.  He brought out the worst in his team and they finished last.


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This year, however, Ben Cherington, GM was allowed to do his job and hired John Farrell.  Management defined is “Getting things done through people.”  That certainly defines John Farrell who is a superb manager who did his job well and empowered a team of solid players, each of whom did their job to the best of their ability.  They all stepped up and performed under pressure!


The Red Sox were well-managed as evidenced by the players’ performance!  They are World Champions and deserve to be.  There’s a lesson here for all of us in management.  Hire good people and create an environment in which they can do their best work for the benefit of all.


© 2013  Steven M. Stroum


Steve Stroum

Steve Stroum

Steven M. Stroum, founder and president of Venmark International is a seasoned publicist, marketer, and entrepreneur who has been featured in INC Magazine, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, Industrial Marketing, OMNI Magazine, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Middlesex News, San Francisco Chronicle, and other media outlets. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, addressed many business and civic groups, and been a guest lecturer at Boston College, Babson College, MIT, and his alma mater Northeastern University.

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