Hitting Home Runs Fifty Feet at a Time [Slide]

For the past few months, I’ve been reading a book called The Method Method, which details the innovative strategies used to grow the Method line of home care products.  It’s a great read and I’m finding lots of interesting applications to my own work as a change agent.

One of the points that the fellas make time and again is that swinging for the fences when trying out new ideas is rarely successful.  Instead, successful change is incremental.  It relies on taking small steps and revising as you go.

I picked up a great metaphor in the text today — that creating winning products is a lot like hitting home runs 50 feet at a time.

Planning on using that notion in some work that I’m doing at school, so I whipped up a slide:

(download slide and view original image credit on Flickr)

Hope you dig it.



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Original Image Credit: Baseball by Paco Mexico

Licensed Creative Commons Attribution on May 22, 2012

Hitting Home Runs Concept from The Method Method




  1. LK

    I certainly agree about the dangers of swinging for the fences all the time.
    To continue the baseball analogy, the best I can do most days is go with the pitch and get a single to the opposite field.

  2. Bill Ferriter

    LK wrote:
    I agree that teachers make gains methodically, from base to base, 90 feet at a time.
    We do, however, experience some rare home runs when everything comes together
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Great point, LK. And I like the small ball analogy, too.
    I almost cringe a bit, though, to talk about the home runs that we hit in schools simply because so many people begin to expect to hit home runs and start swinging for the fences all the time. Its like the middle school basketball player that drains one three pointer and then stops ever looking inside.
    Enjoying thinking about this, though…

  3. LK

    I’m going to be a baseball purist and suggest that the Method Method is “small ball,” the old fashioned style of baseball that has a team score runs with a single, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to third, and finally another hit or a sacrifice fly to the outfield to bring the runner home.
    I agree that teachers make gains methodically, from base to base, 90 feet at a time.
    We do, however, experience some rare “home runs” when everything comes together. I don’t want those moments reduced by a 50 foot image.
    Thanks for indulging my nerdish desire to see baseball analogies used accurately.