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Sep 20, 2021

Published in 2003, Michael Lewis' Moneyball charts efforts by the Oakland Athletics baseball team to use analytics and statistical methods to assemble a competitive team on a comparatively small budget.

This week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross G, Owen, Ross D and Nahdia share their thoughts on the book and it's relevance to L&D and HR professionals. We discuss:

  • how General Manager Billy Beane transformed his team's approach to scouting talent
  • the impact of statistics and subjective judgement on decision making
  • the challenges inherent with implementing a statistical approach to L&D.

Show notes

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, is available from all good booksellers.

Some of the criticism directed at Moneyball is covered in The Atlantic:

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Nahdia discussed the colour of Sesame Street's Big Bird across different cultures: 

And Ross G revealed that he'd had a most epic morning listening to Hidden Citizens: 

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