A Nine-Inning Guide to a Winning Career

A Nine-Inning Guide to a Winning Career

A Nine-Inning Guide to a Winning Career

To Hit Homers, Swing for the Fences  Start off IT projects by thinking big. You can scale back expectations if it doesn't work out.

The spring is always the beginning of another baseball season. Arguably more than any other sport, baseball involves strategies and execution that readily translate into insightful workplace lessons. Each team member, for example, must understand his role and constantly seek improvement within his skill set. On the field, all players have to work in a very unified manner: They know what the current situation is and how to respond to events in a coordinated, seamless way. Achieving a winning play requires great anticipation and foresight, with the ability to think two, three or more moves ahead of the competition. With this in mind, consider these nine lessons learned from Dave Kerpen, chairman of Likeable Media, a social media and marketing firm. Kerpen is a diehard baseball fan who has been to 45 Major League Baseball stadiums, and is also the co-author of Likeable Business: Why Today's Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver (McGraw-Hill/available now).  Face it: Whether it's in baseball or at work, striking out stinks. But if you follow this guide, you'll make the most out of your opportunities "at the plate."

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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