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“Paul DePodesta”
“Paul DePodesta” changed the game of baseball. His sabermetrics methodology helped redefine executive decision-making in “Major League Baseball”. Although there are a few fans out there that may not recognize Paul’s name, almost all of us know about “Moneyball”, a best-selling book by “Michael Lewis”. Years later, the book became a featured film, under the same title, starring “Brad Pitt and “Philip Seymour Hoffman, capturing an amazing journey full of calculated risk and a constant forward-looking attitude between two trusted friends and colleagues, Paul and current “Oakland A’s” “General Manager, Billy Beane”. Their time together with the “Oakland Athletics”, redefined maximizing “the cards they were dealt with” in a manner, style and approach, not only in major league baseball, but also in the world of all sports and in businesses of all kinds. 

Although serving as Vice President of “Scouting and Player Development for the “New York Mets” today, Paul’s current knowledge and experience originated from a love for sports and the ability to challenge the status quo. From a “Canadian Football League intern to becoming the fifth youngest “General Manager of “Major League Baseball, for the “Los Angeles Dodgers(adding another chapter to his life working along Tommy Lasorda), Paul earned his stripes by climbing the ladder from the ground up. This interview allows listeners to go inside one of the greatest minds in executive operations and sports. Learn how Paul’s upbringing and childhood dreams helped him in his career path and led to one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions he would ever make. Paul’s ability to take calculated risks, learn everything about the business of sports, through stories of tossing t-shirts to fans and accompanying the “Baltimore minor league “Hockey mascot around town. Paul constantly understood the importance of surrounding himself with complementary talent and provides these essential lessons for all of us to learn at “Who Are You Nation.

Among the amazing stories and insights Paul provides, including working with “Billy Beane, “Mark Shapiro”, and many other leaders and current “General Managers in baseball, but perhaps none are as powerful as his reflection on his time with the “Cleveland Indians and losing the 7th Game of the “World Series”. There are few opportunities to hear the details of a true leader and visionary, recently recognized as one of the “Top 10 Innovators Under the Age of 40″. This interview introduces us to “Paul DePodesta as few have seen him and clearly connects sports to the life lessons that help guide us all.

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Motivational Quote

“Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT”
-“Thomas Payne

Paul DePodesta First Job

Worked as an unpaid intern with the “Canadian Football League (“CFL)

When Did It Click

It clicked for Paul when he decided to choose the unpaid “Canadian Football League (“CFL)  internship instead of accepting the lucrative offers to work in management consulting.

Healthy Daily Habit

Maintain balance; always ensure that he is present and “there” in the moment.

Baseball “Walk Up Song”

It’s Trickyby RUN DMC

Favorite Sports Movie(s)

Bull DurhamRocky; A Fish Called Wanda; When Harry Met Sally (with the wife)

Book Recommendation(s)

1) Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
2) Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, by Charles T. Munger
3) Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counter-Intuition, by Michael Mauboussin

Who Would You Invite To Be A Guest

Mark Shapiro, Dan O’Dowd, Josh Byrnes, Billy Beane, Ron Jaworski, John Gruden, Bill Walsh

Foundation or Charity You Support

1) Habitat For Humanity
2) Navy SEAL Foundation

Exclusive Access “Behind-The-Scenes” Interview Topic

Listen to Paul as he explains what it felt like, while working with the Cleveland Indians in 1997, to be 3 outs away from a World Series Victory in Game 7 against the Florida Marlins. From the excitement of the possibility to the reality of the situation in the end, Paul reflects back on the incredible journey and the hard work it takes to make it that far and be that close to being a champion.
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Contact Information

Twitter

Paul DePodesta’s Interview Links

 

Moneyball”, By Michael Lewis
“Moneyball
, The Featured “Oscar Nominated Film
The New York Mets

Habitat For Humanity
Navy SEAL Foundation

 

 

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