Republished from Chief Learning Officer magazine Learning is just facts and figures without managerial support. Like a great baseball coach, a supportive manager can ensure learning events produce the equivalent of a home run. Great baseball managers extract more from their players than others have. They manage the egos of franchise players, guide team dynamics and manage resources - putting the right pitcher in for middle relief and another in as closer. To generate offense, they shuffle the line-up and insert designated hitters as needed. Assembling a winning baseball team - not unlike putting together an effective, performance-driven corporate team - can be a bit of a gamble. But organisations cannot afford to gamble that their managers could be great. Like great baseball managers, they must actively develop managerial talent.