Longevity in the workplace
Most people don’t spend 36 years in one job, with one employer. Gene Stephenson’s tenure as baseball coach at Wichita State University is quite rare in the workplace … and even more unusual for a college coach.
For most of us, employment requires consistency, reliability, and sometimes a thick skin when management helps us with criticism and evaluation. We realize our happiness is not much of a concern, and we know there are others willing to take our place any time we become too disgruntled. There is a constant pressure to perform, as managers ask “What have you done lately?”
Stephenson built a marvelous baseball program at W-S-U. His teams won conference championships and went to post-season play many times … winning one national title.
Did his “approach” … his teaching and coaching methods … become stale? Did baseball change … did the players change … over three dozen years? Is it simply time for a change?
Obviously, Shocker “management” decided it was time for something new.
Thanks, coach Stephenson, for all you’ve done for Wichita State.
Our thought for today is from W. Somerset Maugham:
“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”
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