Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It’s inevitable: Philadelphia sports fans do not like change. Another Philadelphia sports truth, Philadelphians are not shy about sharing their feelings. Just as when Donovan McNabb was tabbed as the Eagles quarterback in the first round of the 1999 draft, Charlie Manuel was greeted with boos and jeers when he was slotted as the skipper of the Phillies in 2005 (Goldsmith, 2009). Although he is not the most well-spoken man leading a major league baseball team, and despite all of the pressure put on Manuel under the Philadelphia microscope, he and his supporting staff have managed to produce arguably the most consistent, thrilling and certainly one of the most likeable (not that this is a factor in the wins and loss columns) Philadelphia teams since the 1993 or 1980 teams came through town.
When considering Charlie’s success, it is import to call his leadership style into question. He’s been called by many, as both a point of praise and as well as criticism, a true players’ manager. For those not familiar with the term, a players’ manager is one who draws their own playing experience as well as the nature of the game and often many other factors, such as personalities of the members, when making important decisions. Baseball players are creatures of habit, routine and superstition and Charlie is careful to take this into account.
The best displays of this trait is the way he has handled both Brad Lidge and Jimmy Rollins with their struggles this season. With eleven blown saves in the regular season, Lidge’s confidence was shaky at best. Charlie took any opportunity toward the end of the season to get the pitcher back in the game- whether it was for two non-save innings or one final out to finish a game for a save. Similarly, Jimmy Rollins was fielding the ball tremendously but was slumping majorly at the plate. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that Charlie made the decision to the short-stop out of the line up for two games and allowed him to miss batting practice so he can “just to get away for a couple days and sit and watch and hopefully just relax" (¶ 5, 2009).
When considering all of the facts about the Phillies, there is no doubt that Manuel is a strategic leader. Many problems on various teams can be traced back to poor or lackluster communication, when a team runs into adversity and is faced with conflict, they need to reach beyond their comfort zones and all become participative players. (Biech, 2001). There is no one right way or ways to get teams to operate at their fullest potential and some methods will work better for some than others, however, it is the job of the leader to assess the needs of each group and move ahead according to their team’s needs. Manuel relies on his instincts and is no doubt successful with his players. Bloom (2009) refers to Manuel’s few simple themes, or mantras of managing though positivity, passion, salesmanship, communication, the conscientious supervision of his players and finally the belief of being able to execute plays and win games are what ties the team together and are his simple recipe for success.
Whatever is in store for the Phillies in this post season there is one thing that two truths: Charlie Manuel is, in fact, a players’ manager but maybe the more important fact is that he cultivates a great relationship with his players by putting his trust in them, following his instincts and drawing from his uncanny knowledge of the game. In turn, they put their trust in him to lead them to the Fall Classic.
Bloom, A. (2009, October). From the WIP program director’s desk. Retrieved from http://www.610wip.com/pages/5448693.php?
Goldsmith, P. (2009, October 27). Charlie manuel's mvp in leadership. Retrieved from http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20091027_Charlie_Manuel_s_MVP_in_leadership.html
Zolecki , T. (2009, June 25). Slumping rollins to sit at least two games. Retrieved from http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090625&content_id=5530736&vkey=news_mlb&fext =.jsp&c_id=mlb&partnerId=rss_mlb
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I missed class last night because of my game in Scranton. No big deal- they understand. I woke up to an email this morning from one of my classmates giving me the lowdown on what happened. We did introductions (for the eighth time- the class has had the SAME people in it since we began...this is even a repeat teacher) talked about what we've gotten out of the courses in the last year and then watched a brief movie.
The title of this course is Social and Ethical Responsibility and it's the last installation of my coursework in my master's degree in Strategic Leadership (MBA minus all of the finance.) I was happy to hear that the prof let us out early to watch the Phils game...until I saw this from the classmate:
"we got to leave a little early with a “special project”. so we could see the game. Here’s our topic…ready..ready…wait for it…….Write a short (1or 2 pages) informal paper on the leadership qualities of Charley Manuel. Seriously..true."
SO. I emailed th prof to mention my absence and inquired about the paper to which he replied:
"Yes, I also asked the class to write a very brief paper – about 2 pages or so – on Charlie Manuel’s leadership style, based on what you’ve learned about the principles of strategic leadership and your observations of how he manages his players, and the strategy he uses based on the dynamics of the game. Thinking of Manuel in the role of a leader, does he respect his players (his “staff”), does he trust them, does he have faith in their skills, does he allow them to take ownership of the process, is he clear in his expectations, do they share his vision, is he enlightened and proactive, is he a rigid or a flexible leader, etc. Students can focus on that, or compare Manuel’s style with Andy Reid’s. Does that make sense? I just thought it would be a fun exercise, but one that is timely and can be addressed in terms of our leadership studies."
I'm kind of alright with the topic- as a coach, I'll get to look at things I'm interested in...but as a student and former teacher...I HATE busy work.
Anyone have any suggestions? Kelly? Tursi? Todd? Go.
I'm in a mood today. Tough loss yesterday after I made a big stink about the dimensions of the field. I don't think it's too much to ask that we measure the lines. Whatever.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009