Torre on Winning

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I'm about half-way through Joe Torre's new book, The Yankee Years. It's an absolutely fascinating read. I chose to read it because I love a baseball and I love leadership. Joe Torre is, to me, one of the great coaches of all time…and he accomplished what he accomplished the right way. 

Click here for a video of Bob Costas (now with the MLB network) and Joe Torre discussing his relationship with Alex Rodriguez. He's pretty tough on A-Rod in the book. A-Rod's having a tough week.

I am right now becoming an MLB network fanatic and rediscovering my love for baseball all over again. It isn't just Bob Costas, or the documentaries, etc. It's the lessons on leadership that you can pick up all over the place.

Here's one. It's a quote from Patton applied to a situation in which Derek Jeter played hurt in the 2002 World Series against Arizona (which they lost): "If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body is not tired if the mind is not tired."

Torre knew how to work with George Steinbrenner and the New York media. Torre respected his players and gelled them into a cohesive unit in which every individual submitted their good to the good of the team. As much as I hated those teams, I certainly had utmost respect for the Torre-era Yankees. They did things the right way.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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