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That’s because for over a dozen years, this plaque worthy of Cooperstown went missing. Long before the Indians moved from Municipal Stadium, the Chapman plaque was crated up and stashed in storage. When the Tribe moved in 1994 to Jacobs (later renamed Progressive) Field, the crate was carefully moved – then promptly forgotten. It wasn’t until 2007 that the plaque was discovered, cleaned, restored and hung in a prominent location at the stadium. And Indians officials publicly said, “We goofed.” In fact, their oversight became a story in itself as most people commended them on their very public admission of their oversight. Much of this part of the story is detailed in the separate plague on top of Ray
But this misplacing of great stories - great content - is hardly unique in all types of organizations. Every day, great stories and histories of organizations are packed away in boxes and forgotten, never to be seen or heard again. Even worse, organizations typically don’t even take the time to record, either in words or images, the important milestones or “lessons learned” that make up the fabric of the company’s culture. Someone is always going to get around to it, sometime in the future during one of those mythical “slow times.”
In a future post, I’ll share three key strategies for ensuring that your organization’s stories aren’t locked up in some storage room – or in the memories of veterans. And if the Indians can continue their improbable first-place ways, that will be a story worth telling, too.