Put It Away - Organization at Work or Home


This is a collaboration of educational, business, and home management principles. I have taught at colleges, have been a manager, restaurant owner, entrepreneur, and mother of nine for many years. I have tried to find the best of the best in each field and then bring all these ideas together to make life more efficient, productive, and to SAVE effort and time.

Don't Widen the Plate.
In 1996, one of the most storied high school and college baseball coaches, John Scolinos, spoke to a convention of more than 4,000 baseball coaches in Nashville, Tennessee. Scolinos, who had retired from coaching in 1991, shuffled to the stage and received a standing ovation. He wore a string around his neck, from which hung a full-size home plate.
Scolinos spoke for 25 minutes before referring to his home plate necklace. He was mindful of the snickering among some of the coaches and then reproachfully said, "You're probably all wondering why I'm wearing home plate on my neck." He continued, "I may be old, but I'm not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people ... what I've learned about home plate in my 78 years." Then he asked: "Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?"
After a pause, someone said, "17 inches." Scolinos then asked, "How about in Babe Ruth's day?" There was a long pause, and another reluctant coach said, "17 inches."
"Right," said Scolinos. "Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?" Hundreds of hands went up. "How wide is home plate in high school baseball?"
"Seventeen inches," they exclaimed in unison.
"And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?"
"Seventeen inches!"
"Any minor league coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?"
"Seventeen inches!"
"Right!" Scolinos said. And then he asked about the major leagues, confirming that it's 17 inches there, too. "And what do they do with a big-league pitcher who can't throw the ball over 17 inches?" After a pause, he answered himself: "They send him to Pocatello!" The coaches laughed. "What they don't do is ... say, 'Ah, that's OK, Jimmy. You can't hit a 17-inch target? ... We'll make it 20 inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can't hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say 25 inches."
He continued: "Coaches, what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? ... Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?"
The laughter faded as Scolinos' message became clear.
Scolinos made a drawing of a house on the home plate around his neck with a marker. "This is the problem in our homes today, with our marriages, with the way we parent our kids, with our discipline. We don't teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate."
Then he drew an American flag on top of the house. "This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast, and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful. ... We are allowing others to widen home plate."
Scolinos concluded: "If I am lucky, you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right, if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to." He held home plate in front of his chest and presented its black backside. "Dark days ahead."
This is what our country has become, and it's wrong. Go out there and fix it. Don't widen the plate.
John Scolinos passed away in 2009 at the age of 91.
Self-employed consultant to businesses and individuals. I work with clients to improve business efficiencies, set up innovative resource strategies, simplify and refine processes, systematize, train employees, coach executives, and so forth.
I have a PhD in Organization and Management.  
I have an MBA and a BA in Human Resource and business. I am the mother of 10 children, nine living, ages 14 through 33.(Yes, they are all mine and with one husband, HA!)
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