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Fay Vincent offers tips for the young executive

Feb 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EST

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Baseball fans only know Fay Vincent as the mostly ineffective Commissioner of Baseball who followed Giamatti and preceded Selig. But he did have a successful business career before he did all that. He was the CEO of Columbia pictures. An executive vice president of Coca-Cola. And he draws on that experience today to offer young executives some leadership tips.

They’re mostly smart. Especially the over-arching theme which is “tell the truth.” Funny how that one gets missed so often.

One thing that Vincent leaves out, however, is “never take a job from 26 over-privileged, monopoly-protected, primarily-money-inheriting jerks.” If only someone had told him that back in 1989.

  1. happytwinsfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    life isn’t fair and neither is baseball.

  2. chacochicken - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    “No matter what happens, never, ever, trust Bud Selig.”

    • umrguy42 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      “And Pete Rose is the Devil incarnate.”

  3. shawndc04 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I’m not that sure that Vincent was ineffective. He was instrumental in resolving the 1990 lockout. It was more a case that the owners wanted a puppet, as usual, and Vincent wouldn’t play that role.

  4. shawndc04 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I’m not that sure that Vincent was ineffective. He was instrumental in resolving the 1990 lockout. It was more a case that the owners wanted a puppet, as usual, and Vincent wouldn’t play that role.

    • shawndc04 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Apologize for the double post. Extra sensitive mouse.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    If Fay could give John Gibbons some advice I bet it would go something like this….”don’t get too comfortable John and do NOT buy a house in Toronto!!”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Jesus Christ man, can you give it a rest? Even halladaysbicepts would make a salient point in between his homophobic and xenophobic rants. All you do is make idiotic comments about the blue jays in every thread. they sucked last year, thanks for the info…

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Unfortunately, Poor Dim Harry can’t give it a rest. He has only one functioning ROM chip in his head, and that’s it. The rest were demagnetized when he took a wrong turn and wound up on Three Mile Island.

        He also doesn’t know doodly squat about Toronto. I’d live there myself if it was a lot closer to the equator.

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