What Business Can Learn from Bobby Cox
Anita Sharpe on Business
Bobby Cox, manager of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, won his 2,000th game last night -- only the ninth major league manager in history to do so. This achievement followed the Braves winning their 13th consecutive division title this season, a record in professional sports. And both of these milestones came after the Braves traded many of their high-profile stars: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Gary Sheffield, to name just a few.
How did Cox do it and what can the rest of us learn from him? A few things:
1. Check your ego. Cox always credits his players when the team wins, not his coaching decisions. He never blames players (or himself) after an ugly loss -- and even the most talented teams always suffer a few ugly losses. As a result, the players love the guy and always go the extra mile for him.
2. Remember that your team consists of 'talent' and look for ways to make that talent shine in the field. Cox's management style is consistently more upbeat than critical.
3. Remember that the game is supposed to be fun.
Slugger Chipper Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today: 'Some spring trainings are like boot camp. Bobby lets his players play themselves into shape, and then we spend the next half of the day playing golf.'
Added Terry Pendleton: 'He doesn't have 18 million rules.'