I am not much of a baseball fan but today marked an important milestone. The New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays in their last home opener at Yankee stadium. Here is the link to the New York Times story if you want the details.
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What the heck does a baseball score have to do with leadership? Glad you asked.
Endings are important. It’s kind of like why that ridiculous gaudy ball in
If you want to lead people through change you have to be able to help them through the ceremony of ending and into the new beginning. There are so many ways to do this. You could throw a party to celebrate the end. You could have a wake. You could have t shirts made. Whatever you do we can move confidently into the future only when we have honored our past and helped others to join us in moving to the future.
I have often made fun of the trite leadership quote about if you want to see if you are a leader turn around and see if anyone is following… Remember that one? Well when it comes to leading people through change this quote is deadly serious and on point. You have to help people through change, lead them by the hand. Count down the lasts toward the firsts…
Go Jays End the Yankee’s winning streak! ;-)