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Management by Baseball

Anyone who knows me realizes I could never pass up a book called Management by Baseball. This is a title recently published by ex-baseball reporter Jeff Angus. I first came across it on the 800-CEO-READ blog and I couldn’t resist reading through the author’s blog. Here are the types of questions he answers in the book:

What do Hall of Fame baseball managers like Connie Mack & John McGraw have in common with today's business leaders? Why are baseball managers like Joe Torre & Dusty Baker better role models for management than corporate heroes like Jack Welch, Ken Lay & Bill Gates? And just what does Peter Drucker have to do with Oriole ex-manager Earl Weaver?

I found Jeff’s blog to be extremely interesting, although I wish he would write shorter posts!

My current reading list is unfortunately way too long. I have a stack of books on my nightstand and am having a hard time keeping up, even though I’ve been trying to follow Kathy Sierra’s great advice on “The myth of keeping up.” Nevertheless, I went ahead and added Management by Baseball to my Amazon Wish List, which is my official bullpen for books I’m going to buy at some point in the future.

P.S. – This post is courtesy of Panera Bread. I’m taking advantage of the free wifi connection in the Panera down the street from King’s Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio. Kudos to Panera for offering free wifi. (Starbucks should wake up and so the same thing – imagine how many more overpriced lattes they’d sell to broadband junkies everywhere...) I just wish Panera would figure out how to maintain a strong signal for more than 20 seconds. I’m not sure if the microwave is interfering but it’s annoying to watch my signal meter cycle back and forth between 100% and 5%. Still, it’s free and convenient so I can’t complain too much!

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