I took a brief hiatus from writing this past week as I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. For a baseball fan, it is a bucket list trip. Before leaving I posted a previous blog post from my visit four years ago. In that post, I listed the things I heard from the honorees about their careers about what it takes to get into the Hall of Fame. These included:
- Hard work
- Willingness to work
- Willingness to fail
- Staying healthy
Listening to the honorees for 2018, I would say this list is pretty consistent with the messages from this year. There are, however, two things I would add to this list.
The first thing that became obvious, may seem like it is obvious. It is important to have good coaches. Every star player had multiple coaches, with each of them having one or two particular coaches that made a major impact. Why shouldn’t we do this in business? We tell people they need to have a mentor, but we seldom facilitate that process. Every worker has a supervisor or manager, but few of those people, just the good ones, approach the job from the standpoint of being a coach. We need to change that. We need to train managers as coaches. For those of you already doing that, then congratulations, you are working on having a superstar.
The second thing that became obvious from listening to the honorees is that it is necessary to be grateful. Be thankful for all the support you have had. One of my favorite speakers, Dr. Betty Segal, of Kennesaw State University, said that “If you see a turtle on a fence post you know it didn’t get there by itself.” These honorees realized they did not get there by themselves and they said “thank you” to those that helped along the way. We should all remember to do the same.