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Business, Brains & BS

Published on Oct. 8, 2014

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I am honored by the early endorsements from a number of people who have read the manuscript before it went to the printer.

Praise for Business, Brains & B.S.

A superb book! Dr. Wagner provides a wonderful cross between reading a Tom Clancy novel and a Jack Canfield success guide!!! She challenges the conventional wisdom of how we think, both individually and as a group, and how we communicate and handle a crisis. She provides solid hands on techniques to create a more creative thought process while demonstrating concepts of communicating to a variety of audiences. The key with this book is the unique approach she takes in presenting a fictitious case study in a fast-paced mystery and suspense format that makes for an easy, entertaining and engaging read. It does this while providing valuable insights and lessons to learn. No business leader should be without a copy of this book in their library.” - Salvatore M. Capizzi, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. San Diego, CA

"Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. This book makes that distinction and shows how to extract everyday wisdom from your experiences. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!

“This book will help you become a better manager. Period! But there's something more. "Business, Brains, and BS" is one hell of a good book! Ms. Wagner is every bit as good an author as she is a consultant, and this book is as good as most any "whodunit" you might choose to read this summer. Beach reading totally at home in the boardroom.” - William Matthies, Author, "The 7 Keys to Change"

“As anyone who has met me knows, I remind people to be outrageous, and that is how I would describe the title and style of Hazel Wagner’s new book, Business, Brains and BS. She knows how to grab and keep your attention so that you emerge wiser. - Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker/executive coach and producer of Speaker Schools

“For me it made reading a business book fun, I accidentally read the business book, while I was turning pages in the mystery. It read fast and the information stuck to my brain better when I forgot that I was learning something.” – Keith C.P. Wagner, President, Fabrik Industries, Inc.

 

 

The Curve Ball in Business and Baseball

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pitching a curve ball

Business expressions are often borrowed (or maybe stolen) from sports.

In baseball, the curve ball is one of the hardest pitches to hit and hit accurately. The pitch itself is thrown with a hard spin of the ball, causing the ball to drop or veer suddenly when it approaches home plate, while also maintaining a high speed (unlike the standard changeup). Its purpose is to “throw” the batter off or come as a surprise when not expected, causing them to swing and miss. Some of the best and hardest hitters in the game can train their whole life to be a great ball player, but the curve ball can slow them down very quickly when not prepared [just ask Pedro Serrano in the movie, “Major League”].

In business [and life], we use the expression to mean something unexpected, difficult to deal with, an obstacle, or a problem, especially a problem not foreseen. We can be really good at what we have in front of us, our daily routines, our normal tasks [the fastballs in life]. But those curve balls are what can really change our perspective and force us to take a step back, re-analyze, re-evaluate. That curve ball can be any size [or speed], from a slight change in a project, a cancellation of an event, or a big as a job loss, or a pandemic that changes the entire focus of a business.

We can also learn from the legal field and negotiation methods, just like those successful baseball players who practice hitting any and every form of a curve ball that is possible. A lawyer getting ready for a trial prepares for any and every question the opposition may ask. In negotiations, one brainstorms (see brainstorming techniques in several of my blogs on the subject) a list of every adverse possibility to be ready.

Now, in baseball and in business, a curve ball is expected and is more commonly thrown. It’s also evolved, with multiple versions, speeds, and occurrences. It’s extremely important to study each player, person, and scenario to know who can throw that curve ball, and when. Today, the best hitters in baseball, and the best business professionals, have made their way to the top by not only being able to predict when a curve ball will be thrown, but also being prepared and ready to “hit it out of the park” and continue to be successful.

Just as the term comes from baseball, we can learn from the sport on how to be more prepared for a situation coming ‘out of left field’; again, a baseball term. If we can be more prepared and ready for when a curve ball is thrown our way, we will be more successful as a person, a professional, and a business.

This blogpost was jointly written by
Baseball and sports marketing expert Riley Wancket
312-909-2430
riley.wancket@gmail.com

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Author, Speaker, Business Brain Booster,
Hazel Wagner, PhD, MBA, BBB