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May 1, 2012
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MANAGERCarl Gustafson CA Regional Tri-Director (San Diego)
Did you know that was even an option?
Iíve noticed that most players are on a team because a manager recruited them or some player already on that team asked them to join.
Very few of us actually seek out the team of our choosing, one that fits our values, philosophy, and reasons for playing this game in the first place. As a result we settle for an environment that is less than ideal, often uncomfortable, and sometimes miserable.
Unfortunately, many approach life with this same haphazardness. I know guys who look at the wife and wonder how she got there, sunk deep on the couch, while they dream of that hip shaking, mind blowing, soul mate they never tracked down.
So many work at a job that their cousin got them or that was available during a time of need, or it just somehow came along. They really wanted to be a radio jock or an adventurer or a screenwriter or own a restaurant that reflected their secret culinary imaginations.
Now somehow we all got old and some play on a team where the manager doesnít play to win or doesnít know how to win.
Maybe he just wants to have something to do with his buddies because watching reruns of Gilliganís Island has become as boring as his trips to Wal-Mart with the aforementioned boring wife.
Or you might be on the opposite kind of team where the manager screams at the ump, plays only 10 guys and sits the rest, rolls his eyes at every error and acts like he has to carry everybody on his shoulders.
Iím not saying one management style is better than another, just pick the manager who fits your goals, playing style, and social needs. But realize you do have a choice and there are options.
Compare it to music that only delights and comforts if the notes are harmonious, in the right key, and have melody.
Howís your song these days?