As I started to write this, the Chicago Cubs were preparing to play the MLB Championship Series against the Dodgers. And now, they are IN the World Series! Holy Cow! What, you might ask, does this have to do with leadership and why does it belong on a leadership blog? If I answer honestly, I’ll have to say nothing and it probably doesn’t belong here.
I could figure out a way to weave the importance of leadership into the Cubs' long, hard road back to success and the leadership of their team (e.g. Epstein, Maddon, etc.)
I could talk about what a never-say-quit approach means when it comes to players, management and fans…how being without a World Series appearance since 1945 (or a win since 1908) affects management decisions in ways that are sometimes good, but sometimes desperately bad. And how when there’s finally success after such a long drought, naysayers seem to crawl out of the woodwork and try to convince others that it just. can’t. happen.
I could tell you that anything is possible if people stay focused and if fans (whether they’re in the stands or on your client roster) truly believe in you – even if “possible” is 108 years in the making.
I could tell you that finding the right combination of leadership and team players is no different in baseball than in the corporate world and that no one gets it right every time, but those who truly care will keep working at it.
I could tell you that persistence and a never-say-die attitude in the face of boo-birds is what has pulled many a business – and a team – through until the big win finally comes.
But I won’t. Instead, I’ll tell you the truth.
The Chicago Cubs are my team. Mine. I predicted to anyone who would listen that they would win and win big this year. I was right. (Full disclosure: I have adopted the Atlanta Braves and been a season ticket holder for 25 years.)
I was born and raised in the land of the Cubs – my grandfather lived a mile from Wrigley Field - and I have watched their tortured existence for my entire life. That they’ve made it this far in 2016 is reason enough for me to celebrate and after all - it’s my blog!
What will a fan like me do to see the Cubs in action in the World Series – when “World Series” hasn’t been part of our language for so long? I bought tickets and an airplane ticket two weeks ago knowing they would get there! (My son is joining me). The fun of a great season and winning division games is great – it really is. But I don’t mind admitting that I won’t be satisfied with that. I want a World Series Championship.
Go Cubbies! Beat the Indians!