A World Championship for the Boston Red Sox provides some valuable lessons for the printing and document industry.
InfoTrends’ Charlie Corr, the group director for the firm’s Enterprise Document Strategy Services, recently noted that the road to redemption and a World Championship for the Sox provided some valuable lessons applicable for business and professionals in the document and printing industry.
Lesson No. 1
“As Boston celebrates the win, the first lesson is that winning is fun,” said Corr in the InfoTrends’ blog. “Being on a winning team builds morale; it keeps staff motivated and creates a positive environment. Winning organizations have less bickering, they act more cohesively. Employees believe in each other. When they enter the field of competition they believe they will win and that good things will happen.”
Corr said that winning organizations typically focus on revenue growth. “Like the Red Sox, that growth is fueled by fan support. In our competitive environment you need loyal fans and vocal promoters. While at times a focus on cost containment is required, it isn’t fun, and you can’t cut your way to long-term success.”
Lesson No. 2
According to Corr, another lesson learned from the Boston Red Sox is you need to have the right team. “The Sox recognized that the team they had last year was not going to win,” he said. “They traded three superstars for some minor league players and salary relief. The money they saved on those players provided the resources to build a winning team. They had a vision of the type of player they wanted. They looked for players who had won in the past, who could work in their organization, and who would contribute to good chemistry.”
Lesson No. 3
The third lesson, based on Corr’s Red Sox observations, is to play with urgency. “You want a team that will leave it all on the field. A team that has clear goals and that understands what is important. Focusing on what is important leads to winning.”
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