One of the ways that the Yankees keep their legacy alive is through the prominence they give to Monument Park. This area beyond the center field fence is a tribute park to all of the Yankee greats – marble stones to their honor most cherished players/managers, displays of their numerous retired numbers and plaques for members of the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Whether you are a Yankees fan or not, you can’t help but be a bit in awe of just the baseball history that is enshrined in this space. Legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra are recognized here.

The marble markers in Monument Park once were literally placed in center field – creating unique obstacles for opposing players as they attempted to field a ball hit between them. In the 1970s renovation, the “park” judiciously moved behind the outfield wall and now is accessible to fans as part of their game day admission.

Many organizations initially award their leaders in public but fail to perpetuate their legacy to future generations. You can learn from the Yankees about how to hit it out of the park in the recognition department.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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