Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tony La Russa Shares His Thoughts on Leadership at the 19th Annual ASC Conference

As Thomas Carlyle Overbay once said…“No pressure, no diamond.”

“Every year the idea is you start at zero,” he said. He explained that at the beginning of each season he asks his players to raise their hands if they believe they are members of the St. Louis Cardinals team. Inevitably, all those that are new to the team that year raise their hands. He then tells them they’re not a team — yet. “Right now you are guys with the same uniform,” he said. “Over time you become a team.”

What core values does Mr. La Russa believe a team should have? “Respect, trust, caring,” he said. He explained he feels a little hokey saying it in an era when more and more teams fill their rosters based on statistics and computer-driven analysis, but added, “I’m here to tell you what I would do if I was building my team,” and that, of course, would be to select players based on their alignment with these three core values.

Mr. La Russa also explained the importance of personalizing leadership. “You try to establish a relationship with each person…and you work at it…you’re doing it every day,” he explained. He added that personalization is a “very hard way to coach; most people don’t want to work that hard, but the giveback is enormous.”

After Mr. La Russa has built the players into a team, he focuses on setting the bar high for his players and helping them succeed while under pressure. “Acknowledge that results are expected; pressure is out there, but you can make it your friend,” he said. How does he help players make pressure their “friend?” He says three things are key: preparation, repetition and focus on the process, not the outcome. “I can coach pressure,” he said.

Repoz Posted: October 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4284620)
He explained that at the beginning of each season he asks his players to raise their hands if they believe they are members of the St. Louis Cardinals team.


"Not so fast, Brendan."
   2. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: October 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM (#4284646)
“Respect, trust, caring,” he said. He explained he feels a little hokey saying it in an era when more and more teams fill their rosters based on statistics and computer-driven analysis, but added, “I’m here to tell you what I would do if I was building my team,” and that, of course, would be to select players based on their alignment with these three core values.


I can respect, trust, and care the hell out of everybody else. That should have covered for my lack of baseball ability.
   3. phredbird Posted: October 26, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4284651)
"Not so fast, Brendan."


heh.
   4. Bruce Chen's Huge Panamanian Robot Posted: October 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4284664)
"Not so fast, Brendan."


And Colby.
   5. McCoy Posted: October 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4284676)
“Respect, trust, caring,” he said.

Hmm, I many of those attributues does LaRussa show he does not possess when he drives drunk?
   6. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4284708)
Inevitably, all those that are new to the team that year raise their hands. He then tells them they’re not a team — yet. “Right now you are guys with the same uniform,” he said. “Over time you become a team.”


"There's no 'I' in wine. Wait, wait... There's no 'I' in DUI. Damn. Hold on... There's no 'I' in team. Team, that's it! Now go do that voodoo that you do soooooo well!"
   7. Walt Davis Posted: October 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4284717)
raise their hands if they believe they are members of the St. Louis Cardinals team.

A sign of true leadership is not being afraid to ask the tough questions.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM (#4284726)
raise their hands if they believe they are members of the St. Louis Cardinals team.

we were told there would be no math
   9. Portia Stanke Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4284770)

Hmm, I many of those attributues does LaRussa show he does not possess when he drives drunk?


Presumably the same number that Carpenter demonstrated when he punched Ludwick in the face a few seasons back.
   10. Sleepy's still holding up that little wild bouquet Posted: October 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM (#4284799)
Presumably the same number that Carpenter demonstrated when he punched Ludwick in the face a few seasons back.


Now, now. that was a wardrobe luggage malfunction.

And Colby's dad's votes didn't count. Kid was asked to vote for himself, and he got confused, so of course he was deported.
   11. donlock Posted: October 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4284847)
A bit less respect, trust and caring and a bit more hitting, pitching and fielding and the Cardinals would be in the Series.
   12. Morton's Fork Posted: October 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4284966)
There are two "I's" in "guys with the same uniform."
   13. Jack Keefe Posted: October 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4285030)
Well all they do is Snark here Al they are a bunch of Smarty Pants. But if you belief you are a true Team Ember you can work wonders Al. When I got treated to the Yankees at the Dead Line I was in a state of doubt and I had lost the true path as Dante once said La Villa Dorito Era Smartita. Then at our first team meeting JoJo Roarty asked us to raise our hands if we believe we are members of the N.Y. Yankees team. At first no 1 dared Al they were in Aw. Then Derek Jeter raised his hand and said "I'm a Yankee, Skip. I am a true Yankee." Then a Rod raised his hand and said "I've been a Yankee all along, Skip, even when I was a Ranger and a Mariner." Itchy Row's interpreter raised his hand and said that Itchy Row could be a true Yankee if he wanted to. Russell Martin said he was a true Yankee and Jobo Chamberlain said so and so did Andy Petttittte. Nick Swishy said that he was Spartacus and some 1 threw a mitt at him. I was about to say I was a true Yankee when from the back of the room a gaunt Figure doffed the hood of its traveling cloak and revealed unto us was Mariano Rivera, bearing the Five True Rings. "I had become as nothing," said Rivera. "I had wrestled with the Balrog and I was no more. My spirit passed, but another spirit bore me back to the clubhouse. I am the One True Yankee." I wimpered like a Pup Al. No 1 on this Primer unnerstands.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
phredbird
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog20 years ago today: Greg Maddux threw a 76-pitch complete game
(31 - 12:47am, Jul 24)
Last: jacjacatk

NewsblogHe played where? Majors' best 'irony jerseys'
(80 - 12:43am, Jul 24)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogBaseball’s Best Teams Are Too Damn Good
(63 - 12:31am, Jul 24)
Last: Shock

NewsblogOT-NBA off season thread
(1341 - 12:18am, Jul 24)
Last: maccoach57

NewsblogA sandwich is a sandwich, but OMNICHATTER is a meal! for the weekend of July 22-23, 2017
(207 - 11:58pm, Jul 23)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogOTP 17 July 2017: Love is baseball, family. Keep the politics out
(1474 - 11:58pm, Jul 23)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

NewsblogAlex Rodriguez has his very own arcade machine called the 'A-RodCade'
(16 - 11:56pm, Jul 23)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogThe Absurd History of “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”
(99 - 10:23pm, Jul 23)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Sox TherapyMinor Moves
(30 - 9:57pm, Jul 23)
Last: John DiFool2

NewsblogSonoma Stompers pitcher just 3rd woman to win pro game
(9 - 8:17pm, Jul 23)
Last: DanG

NewsblogIt's unacceptable — Cardinals have lost their Way under Matheny
(27 - 6:02pm, Jul 23)
Last: Sleepy's still holding up that little wild bouquet

NewsblogRays have the ultimate troll for visiting managers
(3 - 5:48pm, Jul 23)
Last: Rowland Office Supplies

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - San Francisco Giants
(188 - 4:16pm, Jul 23)
Last: SBB, Live from the Alt-Center

NewsblogCBS Denver: Charlie Blackmon Kid Meets The Real Deal
(6 - 2:00pm, Jul 23)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogNYP: Yoenis Cespedes: I want to finish my career with A’s
(17 - 8:43am, Jul 23)
Last: Tony S

Page rendered in 0.3441 seconds
47 querie(s) executed