Mostly because I am a baseball fan. A successful manager plays the percentages and makes well informed decisions based on history as expressed in data. The data informs the manager on how to build his lineup for each game, when to have a runner steal a base, which outfielders to challenge on the basepaths, or how to select the right pinch hitter against a given pitcher. Access to reliable data increases the team’s chances of winning games. The manager is ultimately assessed by the organization in terms of wins and losses.
Read my APC editorial about bringing the fun back into the challenge of managing your company.