5 Leadership Lessons From Moneyball
While I am not a huge baseball fan, I do love the movie Moneyball. The concept is really universal.
1. “He passes the eye candy test. He’s got the looks, he’s great at playing the part. “
You must be great at scouting for talent and recruiting. Yes, you and not just your HR department! Don’t hire in your own image or just hire those who look the part. Resumes and newspaper clippings can be deceiving. A Senior Vice President with 15 years experience with a competitor may not be the best for you. As supply and demand for great talent continues to tighten think and look outside of the box for your success will increasingly depend on seeing talent where others do not.
2. “You’re not solving the problem. You’re not even looking at the problem.”
Name the foundational issue and then focus all energy on solving that problem. Don’t get distracted by interference swirling around the actual problem. Don’t listen too closely to those who have deep industry expertise and are emotionally attached to the status quo — it’s possible they’re part of the problem.
3. “We’ve got to think differently.”
Kinda like Apple, eh?. Steve Jobs wrote it as ”think different”. There are and always will be big constraints. In a market that required transformation moves, don’t play your competitors game, change it. Think differently. Based on understand how roles and players in your space are currently playing, think about how this could change—better still, think how you could initiate this change.
4. “First job in baseball? It’s my first job anywhere.”
Experience can really be over-rated. What people may lack in experience can quickly be learned if they are smart, motivated and have proven leadership skills. Take a risk on a person who has never done it before. Get comfortable with this by getting to know how their experiences have shaped who they really are and what they really love to do. Hire beyond the current role and look for future stats.
5. “We’re going to change the game.”
Isn’t that the DNA? It’s not only about making money. It’s about changing the game. It’s about seeing how something can and should be better and committing your entire organization to fixing it. Our healthcare system is broken. Most people either do not understand the complexity or are so disgusted with the politics they shut down. Unfortunately, there are some leaders in healthcare who are just hanging in through their retirement date and avoid the hard work. Thankfully, there are many more who are challenging everything, pushing for innovation and new levels of market collaboration that will indeed make a difference.
If you only hire leaders who look and act the part, you will only get yesterday’s results.