Cooperstown, performance, and trust

The big story in baseball this week is the induction of David “Big Papi” Ortiz in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But for me, the bigger story is how Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did not make the cut. Bonds hit 221 more home runs than Ortiz. Clemens won a record seven Cy Young awards. But their accomplishments were tarnished by the performance enhancing drugs scandals of the early 2000s*.

This is a good reminder of the important difference between a breach of performance and a breach of trust at work. An employee with performance problem will often get a second chance. An employee who breaks your trust will be fired on the spot.

* It is not clear why rumors of Ortiz testing positive for PE drugs in 2003 did not tarnish his record to the same extent.

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