Cleveland, Communication, & Culture
"We've got uniforms and everything. It's really great."
- Jake Taylor - Major League
For those who aren't old enough to remember the scene, Jake follows his ex-girlfriend Lynn to what he believes is her house only to find out it's her fiance's place and he is just in time for a dinner party. He settles into the awkward situation with the fiance's friends when we pick up the scene HERE.
At its core, Major League is a redemption story about a group of cast-off baseball players who are assembled by the owner of the Cleveland Indians to become a losing team. At the beginning of the movie, they are simply that...a collection of players who happen to be wearing the same uniform but don't resemble a team. Jake's joke shows he understands that uniforms are often a symbol of belonging to a group but takes something more to become a team.
As fate would have it, the group of misfits found a bond stronger than their uniform, something that would turn them from lovable losers into division champions. I would argue that what they "found" was culture.
Culture plays a critical role in high-performing teams and starts with clear and effective communication. But it extends well beyond that to include understanding and caring about each person as an individual, challenging each person on the team, developing shared missions, and showing gratitude.
I invite you to listen to Episode 5 of Consultant Conversations, where Mike Mueller, Keith Soriano, Todd Smith, and I discuss how to retain best the talent you worked so hard to attract. You can find it on your favorite podcast platforms:
We'd also welcome the opportunity to have you submit topics for the four of us to bounce around over a good cup of coffee. I can't wait to hear what you have in mind.
Jason Boaz, PGA, ARWC
PGA Career Consultant
Serving the Southwest and Sun Country Sections of the PGA of America
PGA Certified Golf Professional
Advanced Resume Writing Certification