Sunday, August 30, 2015, do you?

Yogi Berra was one of the great ballplayers, but he also spent years as a successful team manager. Yogi will also go down in history for his odd comments. He once picked up a pizza. The server asked if he wanted the pizza sliced into six or eight pieces. Yogi replied, “Better make it six, I’m not that hungry.” Yogi’s wisdom applies to business:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you wind up someplace else.” 
Make a plan. If you don't have a clear direction, you will drift. A plan may or may not keep you on track. But if you have a plan, you’ll know when you’re off track. Then you can make adjustments before it’s too late.

“Never answer an anonymous letter.” 
You don't have to answer to criticism coming from those who are not willing to identify themselves. When you take a leadership position, you'll have to answer for your actions and decisions. But you don't have to answer to those who won't stand up to make their comments.

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” 
From a management point of view, it means that a clear decision is better than no decision. So when you come to a place where you need to make a decision, don’t hesitate. He who hesitates is lost.

“You can observe a lot by watching.” 
What does Yogi mean? You need to study the environment you're managing. Pay attention. Watch. Listen. Get feedback. Business owners stumble when they make assumptions.

“It ain't over till it’s over.” 
Yogi spent his career in a game that does not depend on time. The game is over only when the last play had been played. Until then, anything can happen. In business, as long as you haven't given up, you have a chance to make it. No matter how difficult your road, you're not out until you are called OUT!

“The future ain't what it used to be.” 
Our feelings and our ideas about the future changes. Assumptions change, possibilities change. The more you can imagine, the bigger your potential future. A future with greater challenges and accomplishments.

That last Yogi quote struck a nerve with me. 

On the day after Labor Day 2015 we officially launch our first (of many???) coworking spaces in Morris County, New Jersey: on Main Street Boonton New Jersey USA

We are only a few miles from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey. Coincidence? No, because at “We’re open ‘til we close.” 

Thanks, Yogi. I could not have said it better myself.


Yogi got his nickname, because he would sit on the ground 
with his legs crossed just like a "Yogi". 

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