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.
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