Moneyball: Business Movie Review
Reviewing this movie will teach Small Business Owners business strategies
of Problem Solving, Performance Patterns, & Being Creative.
Moneyball (2011) is a true movie every Small Business Owner (SBO) should watch and study. It holds a myriad of great lessons to observe one person’s journey to turn around a business (team). Not only did it turn around a team, but it also changed the way Major League Baseball strategists create winning teams.
This movie walks us through the personal and professional struggles of a Leader deciding to change strategies. As well as contending with the wins and losses of creating new ways of improving the team’s performance.
SBOs, I encourage you to watch this movie with a pen in hand to take some notes. There are many golden nuggets and Billy Beane is a great role model of perseverance. I suggest you watch it more than once and select which of the many business strategies would best suit improving YOUR Business Performance.
“It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game
you’ve been playing your whole life.”
Moneyball Business Strategy #1
Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s General Manager, has a team that is struggling. The scouting team assumes that “how beautiful a player’s girlfriend is” should determine how much a player makes if he is signed, and other archaic nonsensical beliefs.
Billy is frustrated and the team isn’t hearing him. He says, “You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is.” They think he’s crazy because he’s not following the antiquated formula to recruit successful players… who clearly aren’t performing well.
Billy wants to take Performance Power Moves, but his team is snagged in old thought patterns. Repeatedly throughout the movie, we hear Billy say, “Ask the right question.”
Are you asking the right question for YOUR Business Success? You know, the one question that allows you to see the truth of YOUR Business Performance?
I imagine you probably have a good idea what it is but are afraid to speak it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Go for it, say that question out loud. Then, the next one.
Understand it usually takes between 5-7 questions to get to the root – or the right question to reveal the true answer or solution.
Caution: Don’t stop asking the hard questions about performance until you get to the root of the issue.
Moneyball Business Strategy #2
Performance is about how effectively we show up. In Major League Baseball statistics are created for every action each player makes. This allows the management and players to deeply study performance.
Billy’s scouting team was focused on buying players. He told them they were looking at it incorrectly. What they needed was “wins” and they needed to buy wins, not players, to be successful.
In order to buy wins, they needed to buy players who “can hit”. His new strategy was: base hits will win the game.
When you look at YOUR Business’s Performance Patterns, where are you and your team under-performing? Undeniably, it’s because you are working the wrong strategy.
To turn around performance you must “ask the right question” to (#1), see performance patterns for what they really are (#2), and get creative with new strategies and aligned actions..
Warning: There will be resistance to your new strategies and actions. It will come from you and your team. Change can be difficult. It doesn’t have to be, but it may be. Have faith and stay true to your new course!
Moneyball Business Strategy #3
Being More Creative
Billy was frustrated and knew he needed to change their strategy to improve their performance. He had to think differently to get different results.
Billy stepped into his creativity and unknowingly became a trailblazer. He made a calculated and creative Performance Power Move. He hires a Yale Economics Major to create a strategy for a Successful Year for the Oakland A’s.
This was creative because it was never done. This new approach consumed him and his team.
As the leader, Billy stood at the helm. He guided the ship where he knew their destination was to be. Were their disgruntle teammates? Sure! Why wouldn’t there be? But he held his course. (Sorry, no spoilers here!)
When you decide to make change happen, what do you do? Are you creative enough to create new patterns for success?
Note: If you’ve started a New Year Resolution and didn’t hold to it, chances are you didn’t find enough creative juice to secure a new way of being.
SBOs, YOUR Dedication Level for securing better performance should be at the top of YOUR mind every moment. Don’t delegate this. No one is more vested in YOUR Business Success than you. Step into this.
Remember: Right Thoughts, supported by Right Words and Right Actions, will always secure success.
If you’re saying, “Ooooh, I need to make some changes.”
Congratulations! What should you do next? Try this:
If you need help with any of these strategies or other business performance frustrations, just contact Maggie for a 30-minute conversation – either with a call or this link to discuss the gap between where you’re at and where you’d like YOUR Business to be Performing. Don’t worry, it’s not a sales conversation – don’t bring a credit card because it won’t be accepted!
Feel free to share in the comment section which one of the Business Strategies from the movie, Moneyball, would serve YOUR Business best right now?
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