I have been a Cubs fan all of my life. Some of my fondest memories of Wrigley Field were shared with my step-grandfather Victor, who has long since passed away and never got a chance to see his Cubbies win a World Series. I brought him with me in spirit to Game 3 of the World Series this year. While at the game, I also teared up seeing the many father and son duos in attendance, in addition to the many octogenarians who had waited their entire lives for this moment in time.
Is it a coincidence that there are 108 seams in a professional baseball, the exact same number of years it took the Chicago Cubs to win a World Series? I think not. In fact, I think it was destiny, especially since many of the moves the team made to end the single-largest championship drought in history are a mirror image of what companies do to reach Best-in-Class employee engagement status.
Let’s take a close look at why the Cubs ended a spectacular season in world-class fashion and why companies should emulate these key success factors:
1. Hire The Right Senior Leaders
After the Ricketts family bought the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Company, they made the sage move to hire a proven turn-around leader as the President of Baseball Operations, Mr. Theo Epstein. The Ricketts were smart in hiring a proven leader, as Epstein had already turned around the Boston Red Sox and led them to a World Series victory.
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