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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Michael Crichton on... Running a Baseball Team?

I just started reading Michael Crichton's final novel, Micro.  He was still writing it when he died in 2008.  In the introduction to the book, Crichton makes the following quote about interacting with/managing the natural world.  With the baseball draft going on in the background, it struck me that Crichton's quote could just as easily apply to buidling/running a baseball organization.

"Human beings interact with complex systems very successfully. (General) managers interact with systems: they do something, watch for a response, and then do something else in an effort to get the result they want.  There is an endless iterative interaction that acknowledges we don't know for sure what the system will do-- we have to wait and see."

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