How the Phillies Have Enough Money to Compete in Hamilton Sweepsteaks

Originally posted this morning at Phillies Nation:

How the Phillies Have Enough Money to Compete in Hamilton Sweepsteaks

Many of the questions submitted for the PN Mailbag focused primarily on the likelihood or the ability of the Phillies to sign Josh Hamilton. Often times, it’s easier just to explain something like that with pictures. Keep in mind, this is not a ringing endorsement or anything of the like, just a nice flowchart showing that yes, the Phillies do have $21.5 million in AAV available for 2013. Thanks to my colleague Corey Seidman for crunching these numbers in his fantastic article from Thursday, which has even further explanation as to how the Phillies are this far under the luxury tax threshold. Click on the flowchart to make it larger.

Lessons Learned From Rob Base

Rob Base Flow Chart
Project planning is tough. But I Love Charts’ “Are You Rob Base?” flow chart has taught me a lot about simplicity.

I have an awesome manager. She values creativity, integrating ideas from every member of the team, acknowledging challenges upfront, and promotes open dialogue. She’s also a pretty masterful teacher.

In my new role, I manage a pharmaceutical reimbursement team. As it exists now, I am part of a leadership team of four that oversees a team of seven. That seven will very quickly explode to fifteen as one of our value-added reimbursement solutions expands and we add in new business. My manager asked me to create workflow diagrams and estimates that could be followed. I created them over a day or two and turned them in ready to rock and roll and continue project planning. She sent them almost immediately back to me with a note saying “We should discuss these.”

One of the skills my manager has that I really admire is her ability to empower everyone she works with. She has always has time to walk through a problem, but she turns the tables of the problem into the power of finding a solution. My manager never outright tells me or my colleagues what to do or how to do it but she asks guiding and leading questions to help us figure out on our own how to fish rather than feeding us. This situation was no different.

Instead of telling me to re-do my workflows, my manager sent me here. She asked me to compare that flow chart to mine, which looked something like this one. She asked me to write down the differences between the two and set a meeting in our Outlook Calendars to discuss the differences. Here’s what I noticed about my original flow chart: Continue reading “Lessons Learned From Rob Base”