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Episode 124- Joe Maddon on Why Leaders Must Think Outside the Box

September 2, 2021 • Athletes & Coaches
Joe Maddon

Known for his innovative approach and imaginative managerial tactics, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon is one of the most successful leaders in baseball. In 16 seasons as a major league manager, he’s been awarded Manager of the Year three times and is third among active managers in wins. Joe led the Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth and the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. On this episode, Joe shares the unconventional leadership tactics he embraces—from unique clubhouse visitors to themed road trips to meditation. And we also talk about the community work he is doing through his charitable foundation, Respect 90 and The Hazleton Integration Project.

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Show Notes

  • The Hazleton Integration Project (2:27)
  • Enjoy the struggle: Joe’s long journey to big league manager (4:28)
  • “The process is fearless.” (5:46)
  • Embracing discomfort (7:06)
  • Don’t let pressure exceed the pleasure. (8:26)
  • Self-discipline and consistency is the key to leadership success (9:49)
  • How to stay positive during tough times (11:41)
  • His mindset around failure (12:54)
  • The importance of creating balance, and his love of reading (14:05)
  • How he stays focused during the grind of baseball season (16:56)
  • Take care of the fundamentals (18:22)
  • Which is harder to handle- success or failure? (20:45)
  • “Try not to suck.” (22:00)
  • “Do simple better.” (23:41)
  • The importance of “feel” and the gift of experience as a leader. (25:19)
  • What it’s like to manage breakout MLB star Shohei Ohtani (27:08)
  • Be inspired by each day (33:30)


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