What can baseball teach us about business and CPA firms?
Yesterday at the CCH Users Conference in San Antonio, we got to see “the kid” from the movie “Moneyball,” Paul DePodesta (now with the New York Mets), tell us how we can adopt a “moneyball mindset.”
How about beating the odds and overcoming limited resources to beat competitors much bigger and with more resources than you?
By now, you should have heard about the hit movie, Moneyball or the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the true story of how Billy Beane turned the Oakland A's into one of the most successful teams in baseball with the lowest payroll.
Wouldn't we all like to do that?
DePodesta offered some great insights on how we can adopt a Moneyball mindset:
He finished with this quote from Thomas Kuhn from the Structure of Scientific Revolutions: “The proliferation of competing articulations, the willingness to try anything, the expression of explicit discontent, the recourse to philosophy and to debate over fundamentals, all these are symptoms of a transition from normal to extraordinary research.”
Being innovative does not mean tweaking inefficient systems or incremental changes. It means the willingness to seek new solutions, to try new things that are capable of taking you from ordinary to extraordinary and then measuring the results and questioning what's next.
That's what DePodesta means by adopting a Moneyball mindset.
What do you think? Does this apply to business?