Dawn and I became fans of the Tampa Bay Rays three years ago. That was a year before we even knew we were going to be moving to the Tampa Bay area.
And it was 2008 that the Rays won the pennant. They didn’t win the World Series, but they played and have played very well.
What’s interesting is that their payroll is one of the smallest in the sport. And in spite of losing some outstanding players last year to big-money contracts, we’re doing pretty well this season.
So how it is that a team with so little money to pay the big salaries is able to do so well? I believe it’s because of their manager, Joe Madden.
Having not been an avid baseball fan until recently, I never realized just how much complexity there is to baseball. There’s WAY more to it than I ever imagined. And Madden seems to know the game better than anyone else. He’s a manager, but he’s also a coach—a very good coach.
It’s unlikely that he could ever PLAY the game as well as some of these young players. But his ability to see the whole picture, attract the right talent, make changes, fill in weak spots and motivate and inspire the team make it a winning franchise.
He’s the common denominator of success over several years of Rays' baseball.
All professional athletes have coaches and most teams have managers. They wouldn’t think of competing without the mentorship, the perspective and the focus of a coach.
And like Joe Madden, a coach doesn’t have to be better than the one in the game. In fact, I coach a number of people who make more money and have more raw talent than I have.
What I have is the ability to see their blind spots, the questions to gain the clarity they need and the accountability to keep them focused on the things that matter.
A coach doesn’t play the game with you. A coach keeps you IN the game.
So that brings us to Practical Success Principle #8 — Hire a Coach to Keep You in the Game.
To succeed in the game of life or to win the game of business, you need a good coach. You need to employ the mentoring magic to stay sharp and bring out your best. How can you compete effectively without one?
We have programs that include coaching from me like our My Inner Circle.
Why not get a jump start this summer on achieving your goals? Get clear on what you really want, concentrate on how to get there and make consistent progress on achieving your unique potential.