July 29, 2015

How We Improve Using Metrics Part II

Preparation Counts

Every summer since 2002 I have played fantasy baseball. What is that you ask? It is a fun game in which people like me choose real professional baseball players for their team and get points for their actual on field results. It makes watching games and following the season more fun because some of the players are actually on your own team. Your fantasy team will be part of a league where you will compete with other managers just like you. And all season long you will make lineup changes, roster moves and trades in order to try and get the very best statistical results from your team. Your ultimate goal is to win your league and get whatever prize is offered or just bragging rights. There are countless types of leagues and scoring systems that add even more fun and levels of complexity to these games. They range from point scoring systems to rotisserie leagues (Where your goal is to be the best team in as many statistical categories as possible) to leagues in which you can only draft players from the American or the National League. As you can see, there are many choices when it comes to playing fantasy baseball. For me, the best part of the game is the fact that hard work and preparation payoff most of the time. In the offseason I follow the trades and free agent signings and also read books and magazines to learn as much as I can about the players I will be choosing from when drafting my team for the season. That hard work usually allows me to choose a few players that other managers will miss out on. In addition, during the season you need to follow your team closely. Each week you need to make lineup changes based on which players you believe are in the best position to perform well. This can be based on a variety of factors from the teams they will be playing against to the ballparks their games will be played in. These and other factors can have huge impacts on the statistical results from week to week. This game fits very well with my personality and my job with Attentus. At Attentus we take great pride in putting in extra time each week so that we are all better at our jobs. We read books about self-improvement and business. We also do a lot of training to become better at our job roles. For me it all goes hand-in-hand, whether you’re playing a game or competing in the business world you need to work hard and smart to succeed.

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