October 14, 2004
News & Opinion: Hardball - The Closing
Playing hardball and going for the win may seem self-centered, but from my experience working with many of the worlds most successful companies, I know their leaders believe that playing hardball is good for the economy and society. Playing to win cleanses the market. It makes all companies stronger. It brings about innovations in products and services and often makes them more affordable. It creates more satisfied customers and it makes for happier employees.
In the coming years, companies are going to have to move more quickly, act smarter, and battle more fiercely than ever before. There will be the leading players and lots of niche players, but very few, if any, players in between. I believe the only way to stay on the field, win, and keep on winning is by playing hardball.
If you would like to get more information on the book, you can contact us at hardball.strategies at bcg.com.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.