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What baseball can teach technologists about teamwork*

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…both business and baseball are highly competitive, and baseball provides simple, clear object lessons for just about anything that you might confront in assembling a team — how to spend money, how to evaluate talent, how to measure success. It’s filled with vivid illustrations about teams that vastly underperform, teams that outperform, teams with rigid philosophies, teams that are fluid and flexible in their function. Most of all, baseball lays bare the fact that it is damnably difficult to create a highly functioning team. It’s really easy to assemble a bunch of individuals who don’t give a shit about anything but their own achievements; it’s a lot harder to assemble people who are willing to learn, willing to work with others, and willing to do whatever it takes to win…

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*For non-US readers, replace baseball with football 🙂

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