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MANAGERIAL DECISIONS: That's What They Money Is For...#royals

It would be funny if it weren't so awful.

Earlier this week, the world series in professional baseball was lost in part due to a manager bending to the desires and whims of an employee.  Let's get the rundown from Business Insider: Harvey

"The New York Mets lost the World Series in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday night after yet another late-inning collapse.

Fighting to push it to Game 6 with his team down 3-1 in the series, Matt Harvey pitched the game of his life through eight innings, with the Mets holding a 2-0 lead.

Given the innings debacle with Harvey's arm — there was disagreement about how many innings Harvey would be able to pitch this season and whether he would even be available in the playoffs — Mets manager Terry Collins told Harvey in the dugout that he was done for the night.

Harvey didn't take it well, arguing and telling Collins that he was going to stay in for the ninth inning."

Those of you that watched it know the rest of the story. Collins caved to his employee, one that earlier in the year didn't want to work as hard as his team wanted him to, and the rest was history.  Harvey went back to the mound to face the Royals in the 9th, and promptly gave up a walk and double. By the time that Collins pulled Harvey, the momentum had shifted, the Royals tied the game in the 9th and ultimately won the game - and the series - in extra innings.

Lessons related to managing talent: 

1.Never let an employee who hasn't been a total team player make calls about how he is used when he's suddenly engaged - meaning the situation is now perfect to him. 

2. Once you make a call to go a certain direction, you look weak if you allow someone to pimp you into reversing your decision.

3. If you're a manager of people, we're paying you to make decisions. So maybe you should make them, stand by them and man up.

4. If you've got specialists in your company, let them be specialists.  Collins had a closer for that situation, and it's widely accepted in baseball that's the right way to go.

It's great to listen to your team. But listening happens before you make a decision to go a certain way - once you make your call, go the way you want to go.

We're paying you to make decisions. Karma has a way of punishing you when you know what to do and then change your mind in a moment of weakness.

Comments

Janet Jakobe-Gray

So true! But won't be complaining about the outcome in this case! #foreverRoyal #crowned

VibeCatch

I'm not a huge baseball fan, however, this was a great post that made a lot of sense. Even as a "not-so-big-baseball-fan" it still resonated. Great analogy. Lesson 1 is a very important lesson. See this happen all too often in teams even as small as 3 people. If you can't pull your weight consistently, why is it when the scenario is in your favor that you want your opinion to be the final say? Anyhow, good stuff, thanks!

-Andrew, VibeCatch

Jonathan Batin

The four lessons you give on managing talent is great to read. The moments that transpired in that game happens all the time in the workplace. The manager certainly caved to his star player and at the time, made the "right" decision, until what happened after. Teams are a great way in the workplace to get productivity and morale up. If they ended up winning the game, we wouldn't be talking about this after all. But you make a great point in saying that if he has specialists that are ready to handle a situation that is made for those specialists, the manager should go to that direction. Great stuff!

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