Monday, October 9, 2017
RULES FOR EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION
The great baseball manager Connie Mack never criticized a player in front of anyone else. And, he learned to wait at least 24 hours before discussing mistakes with players. Otherwise, he said, he dealt with goofs too emotionally.
In his first three years as a major league manager, Mack’s teams finished sixth, seventh, and eighth. He took the blame and demoted himself to the minor leagues to give himself time to learn how to handle men. When he came back to the major leagues, he handled his players so successfully that he developed the best teams the world had known up to that time.
Mack had another secret of good management. He didn’t worry. “I discovered,” he explained, “that worry was threatening to wreck my career as a baseball manager. I saw how foolish it was and I forced myself to get so busy preparing to win games that I had no time left to worry over the ones that were already lost. You can’t grind grain with water that has already gone down the creek.”
Jesus taught that same lesson centuries ago. He said, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt. 6:34).