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Derek Jeter Masterfully Plays Ball In Business

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What do you think about when you think of Derek Jeter? This former baseball shortstop has gone on to do great things!

Derek Jeter has been elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter played in the Major Leagues for almost 20 years, all with the New York Yankees. Jeter has a lifetime batting average of .310 with 3,465 hits, which is sixth on the all-time list. Derek was a 14-time All-Star who played on five World Championship teams with the Yankees. Jeter was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was the Most Valuable Player in the 2000 World Series.

Derek Jeter was extremely consistent and that was a big part of his greatness! Baseball is a very hard game to play; it’s a game of failure, and Derek Jeter succeeded year after year. Jeter rapped out 200 or more hits eight times; 20 or more homers three times; 20 or more steals eight times and he won five Gold Gloves for fielding excellence. Derek Jeter was terrific when it mattered the most – in the Post Season! Jeter also possessed great leadership skills and was Captain of the Yankees for 12 seasons. You can make the case that Derek Jeter was the sixth-best Yankee of all-time; behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra. Derek Jeter never won an MVP but he was a terrific player who held those Yankee teams together with his consistency and leadership skills. Derek Jeter was a true winner and the consummate professional!

We all know how much Jeter’s life was put on display while he was playing. He was one of the most heavily marketed players of his generation. Everything about his love life, career, and relationships was constantly on display thanks to the media. He took it all in stride and used his notoriety to benefit him rather than allow it to interfere with his success. He even starred in an episode of Seinfeld! It’s no surprise that other athletes such as Tom Brady are trying to follow in his footsteps. Much like Jeter and Kobe Bryant, Brady seems to be pressuring the New England Patriots into making a formal commitment to him.

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“Toward the end of their careers, Derek Jeter and Kobe – oh great franchise guys and everything – did everything they could behind the scenes, in front of the scenes, everything to bring pressure to bear on their teams to keep them right where they were – at a very high price point, too,” Kellerman said.

That’s a smart business decision, one that many other professional athletes will likely follow. Do you think they got stuck wondering if they made the right choice? Or what the various consequences might be? This process is something rare especially when it comes to businesses. In this recent article by Mike Hill, he explains that there are three types of decision-makers.

What do most of us need? Well…it ranges from “plenty of time” to having the issues relating to decisions reduced to their simplest form:

  • Individuals who need to think it over won’t make snap judgments, so knowing this, don’t ask them to.
  • In the middle, we have those individuals most comfortable when considering business decisions that involve a minimum of ambiguity. They like problems with clear-cut solutions.
  • Our third type of decision-making manager likes issues reduced to their simplest form, so they can make quick, confident, decisions.

Do you identify with any of these? If so, use this information to your benefit when it comes to making a choice. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re completely out of your comfort zone. You don’t want to rush into a commitment!

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Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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