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Baseball is an amazing game. It has a lot to teach us.

Consider the book “ Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak”. Change is not easy for any organization. How do you get leadership to buy-in from different segments of the organization, including people heavily invested in the old ways?

Baseball has a lot to teach us on this. “Sometimes, cliches about respect, teamwork, and diversity provide a more complete picture than just number-crunching, and the sequel can be more inspiring than the original. The lessons of Big Data Baseball extend well beyond the world of sports—just imagine if the Obama administration had approached implementing Obamacare with half as much sophistication as the Pirates did in implementing defensive strategies, or if a decade ago GM had taken this approach to turning around the auto industry. American institutions that are suffering crises of competence could do much worse than to read Big Data Baseball and really take its lessons to heart.”

When Travis Sawchik’s Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak published last year, it was legitimately advertised as a sequel of sorts to Michael Lewis’ classic 2003 book Moneyball. Unlike J.J. Abrams, however, Sawchik was able to find an original angle in which to anchor his story, which gives his book a very different emphasis than its predecessor.

Sawchik’s area of emphasis was not just original, but is also broadly relevant to understanding how organizations work. In that respect, Big Data Baseball speaks directly to anyone hoping to effect change, whether in the private or public sector. For that reason, it is one of the most important books anyone can read in 2016 America.

Source: What Baseball Can Teach About Saving Our Failing Institutions

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