In our household, with three boys, ages 10, 11 and 13, baseball seems to be the theme every weekend. As I watched my oldest’s sons team play and lose. I realized that baseball is a lot like business. How you ask? Well, that’s what I’d like to share with you today.

First, the reason, I felt tore the team apart was the negative attitude among some of the players. For example, I was watching the pitcher. His mood, his gestures, his mopey attitude during his reign at pitching, totally turned me off as a spectator, and when I asked my son later. He said that it wasn’t fun playing with whiners and the attitude that was displayed on the field. And honestly, when the coach pulled him and a few of the other players and benched them because of their attitude, the mood was lightened. So, my first tip, is 1) Be positive, even if you don’t feel in the mood.

As I watched these boys perform, some I could see were into it, some not. Easy catches were being missed. In my eyes, not everyone was in the same boat, going towards the same goal. In fact, some of these team mates weren’t even on the same lake. I believe that every player needs to aiming for the same goal. That goal needs to be obvious, and in my eyes, its up to the coach to make sure everyone knows the vision of the organization. So, the second tip to winning in business 2) Make sure everyone knows the vision of the company, and believes in it. When you sit down to write that mission statement, brainstorm with your employees. Decide what your core values are, your vision, who you are and what you stand for and where you are going. With everyone on the team knowing what your mission is, you are sure to get there. Everyone has different jobs to do, but in the end the goal is the same. With everyone aiming for the same end result, your team will surely win! And if they don’t win, they will surely learn from the game.

As I watched the game unfold, I noticed that the coach was doing a lot of yelling, and in front of the bystanders. Now, it is certainly not my place to tell someone how to coach, but I believe if you need to reprimand, yell or criticize an individual you need to do this with the individual alone. Don’t embarrass them in front of the other team, in front of their own team, and in front of their parents and bystanders. So, my third and final tip for winning in business and with your team is; 3) Reprimand in private, praise in public. In my eyes, you earn the respect as a coach or leader that you deserve.

Finally, as with every game, you are bound to make mistakes. In baseball, you strike out.  We are all human, and if you don’t try you’ll never make a mistake. Remember, it’s not about the mistakes you make, but what you learn from them. Do you need to practice hitting more? Do you need become a faster runner? Take what you learn, and make a plan for the next game. So, my final tip for winning in business: 4) Learn from your mistakes, make a game plan after each challenge.

So in my eyes, business and baseball are definitely related. They both have a team made up of players, aiming for a win, right? So, what are you waiting for? Get your team out on the field, and play some ball!