Major League Innovation

by Scott D. Anthony

IT’S OCTOBER, AND IF you’re an American sports fan, you’re probably choosing sides in the upcoming World Series—the culmination and champion crowner of Major League Baseball’s seven-month season. But are you reflecting on what you as a manager could learn from the winning team?

When you think about it, a corporate executive on the hook for delivering growth-fueling innovation has much in common with a ball club’s general manager. Both are constantly shifting their lineups, making decisions to add or prune under high degrees of uncertainty. Both have stakeholders demanding immediate results, but also deeply appreciate that history will be the judge of their true legacy. Vindication for wise choices ...

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