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PLAY BALL!

I’m super on fire when writing this article, my companies, POT Branding House and TABO Indonesia are preparing an integrated game in this last quarter of 2017. Baseball has been my very roots, I grew up with high level of familiarity of this game, since my father was a National Athlete in his golden age. From preliminary school, my father always took me to Sunday Match in Lodaya Field, Bandung. Our club named “Gorgeous”. I have many of friends in my industry right now that also came from the club, some become my in law brothers and sisters, but no enemy for sure. Unconsciously, baseball values has been influenced me that much, to the point how I play the business. Here are some lessons that I learned :

IT IS ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Very basic, I know, but it is the most supreme values that I’ve seen on every champion team. To build a rock solid team, it has to be based on trust. And trust has to be earn by every each of the player, not given by a title a by the coach. It takes time, not always a fun process, most of the time it was dirt, sweats and tears, but the result is fruitful : sense of belonging. There’s no perfect team, but once it reaches the sense of belonging point, the one spirited team would be unbeatable.

ALL STAR PLAYER IN ONE TEAM IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

“Precise composition of the team that make it works.”

Attitude is the key. Yes it is one form of competitive advantage when we have a so called star player in a team, but when the attitude is zero, then it would destroy the team. I remember vividly, there is this person who happens to be a best pitcher in Indonesia, the opposing team from my father’s, every odd was betting on the opponent. But he was over confidence and super arrogant, and that was the very mistake that he has. All in all, reached the 9th inning, like David and Goliath, my father’s club won the game with 2 points difference. Teamwork. Teamwork. Teamwork. Yes, I said it three times, do you read it?

STRIKE OUT IS NOT AN OPTION

“Strike 1 : Observe. Strike 2 : Guts. Strike 3 : Hit. No Strike Out. The bat has to touch the ball.”

It is every mindful batter mentality. Batter has to get a result, either be it hit, ball, or home run, to give a chance for the base runner. A pure batter will not let the ball in to the catcher’s glove without a fight. Same as every action that we take in business should produces a result, be it small or big, but we have to keep swinging the bat. Focus, hustle and fight, for the team. Off course in both be accompanied with strategy, measurement and target.

IF IT IS NECESSARY, YELL TO YOUR TEAMMATE

“Beside swing and catch, communicate.”

Here means communication. A good team always communicate relentlessly during the game. First base always yell to the pitcher to be calm and stay focus. The outfielder always yell to the third base to be stand by. The coach always keep the team spirit up and set the line up. Everyone is yelling, but it is beautiful to watch that each of them keep reminding and supporting each other, even mad if something off the track. Showed caring and at the same time also awesomely intense.

LOSING AND WINNING ARE ALWAYS A RESULT, ENJOY THE GAME

“Love to lose first. Love to lose next. And you’ll love to win even more.”

Champion and winning the game is a solid stack of all the efforts, but the paramount thing is every takeaways that we have got from the experience of the game. It made us more mature by learned the wisdom of it. Sometimes we lose, sometimes we win, it’s a law of nature. Re-frame it by put our best efforts to create a great game, a worth watching game, a best game that we’ve ever had, then the result will not let down the process. Endure the pain, then we deserve to gain. We are all in it for the long game after all, right?

Oh, and one more thing : PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, EXECUTE.

#fortheloveofthedirt #fortheloveofthegame

About the author :

Alby Rachman Padmakusumah is a Creativepreneur, Co – Founder and Managing Director of two companies, POT Branding House, an integrated branding studio and TABO Indonesia, civil and interior contractor . Known as Candor Commander as his personal values, he’ll become a humble conversationalist if talking about Company Culture and Creativity.

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