Inside The Mind of World Series Winning Team Player Jim Mecir

Inside The Mind of World Series Winning Team Player Jim Mecir

Today's Good Morning Schaumburg left attendees with a little strut in their step. The speakers this time around were Jim Mecir and Ellen Schnur. 

Jim Mecir is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who happens to have a club foot. For those of you who don't know what a club foot is, it's when your foot is twisted so that the sole cannot be placed flat on the ground. This didn't keep Jim from helping the 1996 New York Yankees win a World Series! Jim was also a team player in the World Series winning "Moneyball" movie. 

Ellen, whose background in business and training helped her discover the amazing real-world business applications of improvisation after studying at Second City and iO. Together, Jim and Ellen combine lessons on success from the stage and the mound for businesses and organizations.

Whether we know it or not, part of communicating with others is being able to understand how to interact act with a certain individual. Everyone's personality is different and if we can mirror someone as we interact with them it will make for a much better relationship.

Activity time! Jim and Ellen had everyone in the room stop eating their breakfast to get up and find a partner. What they had us do next was similar to improv. Each person was to tell their "Oscar winning story" to their partner. After both stories were told they were to find 2 other partners and then repeat their partner's story to the 2 new partners. It really put your partner in the hot spot to see if they were actually paying attention. 

Another exercise Jim and Ellen came up with was to find a new partner and take turns saying one sentence to each other. The trick, you had to start your sentence with the last word of your partner's sentence. This made for an interesting, not quite intellectual, conversation.

Having attendees move around and get their brains working was a great way to start the morning. But there was more to it than that. Committing to activities like this helps you think on your feet in difficult circumstances and create stronger connections. 

For instance, the first exercise when one person had to tell their partner's Oscar winning story to 2 other people helped people understand that, whether it be a sports team or business setting, having each other backs is the key to success. We feel good about ourselves when a friend or colleague is tooting our horn for us. As Ellen brought up, we must remember the Platinum Rule. The Platinum Rule isn't treating others how you would like to be treated but treating others how they would like to be treated.

The final exercise involved splitting the room up in two halves. One half of the room was a confident attitude, the other half was not so confident. The next step was walking around and interacting with others. Needless to say, it was interesting to see how easy it is to change your attitude and become what you think which was the purpose of this exercise. Whether you're happy or not, by putting a smile on your face you're immediately changing your attitude. This is the same as propping your shoulders a little further back and sticking your chest out. By doing so, you're sending signals to your brain that say, "hey, I am in fact a confident person."

So what did attendees gain from all of this? Besides being fortunate enough to be in the same room as a World Series pitcher...We must perceive change as fuel, not fear. Letting yourself be affected by what the other person said, and letting that inform your response, instead of waiting for your turn to talk can be the difference between gaining an okay relationship and a great relationship. Next time you need a pick me up try simply changing your body language or mindset and watch your attitude change as well as the people around you.


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