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Winners Like to be Around Winners

Winners Like to be Around Winners

by Frank Roche on July 14, 2009

in Culture, Management

I went to the Philadelphia Phillies game on Saturday night. The game started out badly for the home team — we were down 5-0 after two innings. When we got to the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies were trailing 7-3. That seemed like too much of a deficit to overcome. But it wasn’t.

First, the lead off batter, Matt Stairs, hit a home run. Then, the Phillies got another hit. Then another. Then Ryan Howard stepped to the plate, and in one swing hit a home run that tied the game. Everyone in the stands was going nuts. We all stood as three more Phillies got on base. When the final hit drove in the winning run it was as if the Phillies had won the World Series again. And in Phillies tradition, everyone stayed and sang “High Hopes” together. It was a great moment.

We Knew We Were Going to Win
On Sunday, I read a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the game. Several of the Phillies were quoted saying, “I knew we were going to win.” They said they had a feeling and knew that their teammates knew it too. I have to tell you, overcoming a 7-3 score isn’t exactly easy in baseball. It doesn’t happen very often. But they knew.

Winners Like to be Around Winners
Here’s where HR comes in: Get your organization winning and hire more winners. It’s as simple as that. The Phillies developed a number of good players, brought in a few more, and hired a coach who knew how to get them to think and play like winners. They won big last year and they still go into every game expecting to win.

High Hopes

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