Saturday, May 1, 2010
How To Fix the Kansas City Royals - and its application to employment issues
For many years now, the Kansas City Royals have been terrible. My husband is a loyal fan of the Royals, and so I am drawn in to this annual drama. This year, after reading, "The Power of Nice" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People," I believe I have the solution for making the Royals a great team again - fire the owner.
The Royals are owned by David Glass, the former CEO of Wal-Mart. And, quite frankly, Glass runs this operation as if it were Wal-Mart, where employees are sometimes considered commodities, acquired at "Roll-Back" prices. Baseball teams need to be run as if they were small, family-owned businesses with owners who care about employees and customers alike.
The Royals were great when Ewing Kauffman was alive and owned them. Kauffman loved his baseball team and it showed. Would he have ever traded George Brett, even if it were financially advantageous? Of course not. Ewing Kauffman treated the Royals and Kansas City as if we were all part of his family. No Wal-Mart mentality there.
So, once we fire David Glass, who should we hire as owner? Why Warren Buffett, of course. Warren Buffett does not believe in firing employees, according to the author of "The Power of Nice." He knows how to treat people. He must be kind, since he donated at least a billion dollars to the Gates Foundation. He lives in Omaha, where the Royals have a farm team. He's rich enough, and I think we Kansas Citians could love him as a father as we did Ewing Kauffman.
So, if there is anyone reading this blog who knows Warren Buffett, please ask him to make an offer to David Glass which Glass could not refuse. Oh, and make sure Mr. Buffett agrees to keep the Royals in Kansas City.
Thank you very much.