| Felling Axe by タクナワン
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Drawing upon the even older design of axe handles, the Axe Bat is more oval than the current cylinder style, similar if not identical to axes use in chopping wood, an efficient design used since neolithic times. The reporter explained that technology now allows us to easily craft a bat handle in any shape where in the past, using a lathe, round was the only option. The proponents of the Axe Bat claim, like its wood chopping forefather, that it’s more efficient, effective, and reduces injuries caused by the unnatural ergonomics of traditional bat handles.
In essence the Axe Bat would help players and help the game.
Yet in face of this information and a readily available alternative, there are few takers.
Sound vaguely familiar? Read on…
In essence social media for learning would help employees and help the organization.
Ironically though, the same resistance the hinders an innovation for baseball exists for organizational learning. This resistance is of course ‘Tradition’. The age old subconscious cry of “but this is how we’ve always done it.” People want to stick with what is comfortable even in the face of new or better. With the Axe Bat, teams would try it in practice situations but come game time they returned to the traditional bat. With social media, people readily use and support it in their personal lives but are resistant to it’s use or promote it for learning in their professional ones.
1. Focusing on the newest to the game.
“just let them pick one, they’ll pick [the Axe Bat] because it feels the best. It feels natural to you.”
2. Doing a lot of demos.
3. Getting high profile endorsers.
“…get more high-profile endorsers as some of those college players turn pro.”
“we know we’re going to overcome this (tradition).”