Thursday, November 15, 2007

At this moment in time, it seems like pro sports teams in Boston can't lose, whereas those in Miami can't win (the respective NHL teams, excepted).

In the Boston area, the Patriots are 9-0, the Celtics are 7-0, and the World Series champion Red Sox, after falling behind 3-1 to Cleveland in the American League Championship Series, ran off seven straight wins to close out the play-offs.

Down in Miami, meanwhile, the Dolphins are 0-9 and the Heat has gotten off to a 1-7 start.

This morning, I was listening to the ESPN radio show "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd. Colin was giving a commentary about how success stories such as the Patriots and disasters such as the Dolphins don't happen by accident. Regarding the latter, years of poor drafting, a merry-go-round of coaches, and bad management decisions have taken their toll.

Cowherd's commentary reminded me of a book I read a while back, Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End. Written by Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the book presents several case studies from corporate America and the sports world (including the Patriots) and argues that success and failure are heavily rooted in organizational culture.

Getting back to the day-to-day sports world, the Miami Heat will take on the Celtics tomorrow night in Boston, so look for each of these teams' respective streaks to continue.

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