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Winning in the big leagues

WS talks to sports titan Jerry Colangelo

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Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, runs businesses that employ more than 5,000 people. His employees have ranged from basketball stars such as Charles Barkley to part-timers at ballpark concession stands. We spoke with Colangelo about his management philosophy and the lessons he has learned after 33 years in the business of pro sports.

WS: As the owner of several pro sports teams, it’s your job to hire winning coaches and managers. How do you pick your hires?

Colangelo:
I look for people who are comfortable exercising responsibility. I don’t want employees bogged down by fear of trying and fear of failing. When I’m interviewing job candidates, I try to recognize the various gifts and skills they possess. I think about how those gifts can be used on the job, and to what extent their strengths match what I think we need.

WS: But with so much of your money at stake paying players’ high salaries...(register to read more)

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