Leo Mazzone, Former Major League Baseball Pitching Coach and Motivational Speaker
by Richard Stokes
Leo Mazzone is a former 17 year pitching coach in Major League Baseball with the Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles. He began his career pitching in the minor leagues with the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics before he moved on to coaching in MLB. He has won a World Series and fourteen National League East titles with the Braves and has coached six CY Young award winners in John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. And let me say, from personal experience, Leo is a really fun guy and we’re in for a real treat when he visits our group on June 10th
In putting together this blog I had the pleasure to sit down with Leo for a bite to eat so that I could find out a little more about the man as well as to get a sense of what he’s going to be talking to us about in June. Needless to say, I was nothing short of impressed at how welcome and open Leo is and how much fun it is to be around him.
So, how does a great baseball pitching coach tie in to the things that we all do in and around the medical field? Here is what I learned:
Having started the first 10 years of his career in the minor leagues and eventually working his way up to the majors, he’s had the unique experience to not only work with a major organization such as the Braves but along the way he’s also had to deal with some very influential and famous people.
As you can well imagine, working with those types of people can be a challenge in itself. Key to his success with the Braves was that Leo found ways to get the best out of those around him as well as how to cope with and manage difficult times and difficult people. Some of the things that he’ll be sharing with us are:
- Don’t worry about what exhausts you – focus on how to succeed
- Being organized
- Adjusting to different personalities
- Having a sense of humor
- When communicating – use examples that people can relate to so that you can illustrate your points more effectively
- Trusting your instincts
- Don’t tell people what they want to hear – be honest
- Be yourself
- Don’t be afraid to lay it on the line
As members of an industry that is faced with constant change, revolving doors, long hours, uncertainty, different personalities and the challenge of simply staying positive there are certainly lots of reasons why we would want to call it quits. Leo has some great lessons and experiences that we can learn from as well as some great tips on how to overcome these obstacles in life.
Invite your colleagues, co-workers, friends and peers to this month’s meeting. At the very least you’re going to hear some great stories and who knows, maybe you’ll win some Braves tickets!
If you haven’t yet registered here’s the link: North Metro Medical Managers Association.