It’s Opening Day! Bring Out All-Star Talent On Your Team

Major League Baseball will begin a series of Opening Days this week and weekend to kick-off the 2012 Season. If you are a baseball fan, Opening Day is the highly anticipated  – clear the slate – anything is possible start to a new season – that brings you to the ballpark to cheer on your hometown team. The Win/Loss column starts TODAY!

Just look at the Texas Rangers who had their first opening day in 1972 and in 2010 made their way to their first ALCS appearance in Texas Rangers franchise history. Last year, they continued their streak by setting a club record of 96 wins which advanced them to the World Series for the second straight year. It’s Anybody’s Game!

Here are some companies that have made significant strides in just one season:

  • Pinterest has more than 11 million unique monthly users, according to recent numbers from Internet-monitoring firm comScore, and has more than doubled its audience over the past 6 months.” CNN 3/14/2012. Crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history.
  • Virginia “Ginni” Rometti was named the first woman CEO at IBM in October 2011. This is the 9th CEO in IBM’s 100 year-history. (Yes, that’s a LONG season – but now that she is in charge we can anxiously watch her drive the first season stats)
  • Groupon had 50.58 million subscribers at the end of 2010. That jumped 64% to 83.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2011.

So, what kind of team will it take to have a winning season in your business? What strategies, tactics, capabilities and talent make your playbook ready to launch a successful season and put stats on the board?

Here are few ideas to get you started:

  • All-Star – Place team members in stretch roles to give them opportunities to prove their worth and grow their capabilities
  • Rookie - Have on-going coaching conversations with your Rookies to clarify the vision and what stats are critical for success
  • MVP - What makes your MVP tick? How can you bottle this up and extend it to the team?
  • Closer – Join your salespeople in the field who need an extra boost to close the deal
  • Pinch Hitter – Team up with a colleague for a client meeting to help forge or build lasting relationships?
  • Team Leader – Celebrate success – keep your team motivated by tracking and communicating the base hits and home runs throughout the season
  • Designated Hitter – What constitutes a home run in your industry? Plot out exactly what it takes, give the team the resources to make it happen
  • Fan – If you are spending too much time in the stands watching – better get back in the game
  • Injured Reserve – What if you lose a player – do you have a succession plan in place? Start building the right blend of talent and capabilities now to prepare for next season.

In my hometown, attending opening day means peeling out of work early, so start moving – kick your game plan into action – get your stats on the board – and enjoy some old-fashioned fun as the new season begins. Win Big or Go Home!

Shelli Walker is a Partner at PeopleResults. You can reach her on Twitter @ShelliWalker.

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