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I watched boxing for the first time -- and look what I learned

Floyd appeared mostly defensive – often simply thrusting his left arm in the air as if he was merely practicing. Manny, on the other hand, appeared to show frequent aggression. I looked for the scoreboard. I thought 3/12 (the only numbers I could see on my TV screen) meant Floyd had scored only a third and I thought it was justified. At the end of 36 minutes though, what the referees unanimously thought confused me: it was Floyd who won, not Manny! Well, my thinking was not too unfair as I later heard of a call for a rematch.

Entertainment? Fight of the century? Floyd won? Also, why does boxer George Foreman, talking about his defeat in 1974, say, "If I watch (that match) 100 times, each time I still think I'm going to win"? Wow! Manny said nearly the same thing: "I thought I won the fight." In contrast, in football for example, players don't say they thought they won.

There's a parallel in business. Managers were rewarding/punishing employees based on some numbers. Thanks to Kaplan & Norton, we now have the Balanced Scorecard. If you are one of those rare talents giving away intangible assets to your employer, make sure they know that you know the Balanced Scorecard.

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