New manager Dave Sveum has brought a “new philosophy” to the Chicago Cubs this year in spring training – correcting mistakes immediately, greater accountability, and working to get it right the first time.
‘We’ve addressed being held accountable on the defensive end of everything,’ Sveum said Friday. ‘When something happens on the field, it’s taken care of right when they get off the field. You don’t have time for the mistakes or mental mistakes to happen again.’
Whether it’s proper technique, positioning, strategy, footwork, communication, or other things it’s good that someone isn’t afraid to step up to say what needs to be said.
‘Some people like to do say, ‘Well, I’ll take care of it after the game.’ What if there are six innings left and it happens again? If something goes awry on the field, you have to address it right then and hold people accountable for what goes on on the field.’
This also goes back to the fifth principle from the Toyota Way: build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right from the first.
Will this help the Cubs end their 103-year World Series championship drought? Hey, any opportunity to make improvements has to count for something.