Monica Bay, who recently retired from ALM where she was editor-and-chief of “Law Technology News,” is notorious well-known for her passion about baseball, and in particular, the New York Yankees.
She is working with The Cowen Group as a special consultant, and arrived at the office Friday with a great big grin—despite the miserably cold weather in New York City. Why? Because Friday was “Pitchers & Catchers Report” day in Tampa, the Yankee’s spring training venue. That means 2015 baseball is official started; spring has blossomed in Florida. Let’s put it this way: It’s her version of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that famously forecasts the remaining weeks of winter.
But she’s not the only one who looks to baseball to defrost and learn important work lessons.
Author Seth Godin offered career advice in his Feb. 20 blog post, “Pitchers and hitters,” with a very pithy observation about the difference between pitchers and the players who must attempt to connect their bat to the thrown ball. Pitchers, he observes, “get to set the pace, outline the strategy, initiate instead of react.”
No one blames a hitter who can’t connect to a sharp fastball, Godin says. But it comes at a price. If your job is in “reaction mode, you’re allowing the outside world to decide what happens next. You are freed from the hard work of setting an agenda, but in exchange, you dance when the market says dance.”
Godin encourages his readers to take the risk of controlling the agenda, of being a leader. When you do, “you take control over your time and your effort” and the results belong to you.
(Opening spring training day for the Yankees: March 3, 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla. )