This came across the doorstep, a missive from an MIT-educated MBA, an expert in management who we have the utmost respect for, and who is the proprietor of a successful consulting firm, regarding Torre. Offered without comment.
[Full disclosure: the writer is a Red Sox fan.]
"The way the Yankee top brass have handled the Torre situation – making him an offer they knew he would refuse – is not the best approach to management in most companies. Now, most companies can do this privately, so they may be able to get away with it. But the Yankees operate in the public eye. I know, this is professional sports, and managers (coaches) get fired all the time. But this particular manager (an integral part of the management team) was a recognized contributor to whatever success the organization had over the longer term, and just as important, there are many other members of the organization, in particular some key line employees (players) who remain very loyal to the person being terminated. And who, by a quirk of timing, have the freedom to leave the organization. So terminating the manager with the maximum respect was called for. It would have been far better to be completely honest (as it always is). Announce that the organization has decided to go in a different direction after x number of years of great leadership from a hall of famer, whatever. Don’t try to fool anyone. Certainly the line employees the company (Rivera, Posada, Rodriguez, Pettitte), might react better to honesty than to disingenuousness. Unless only money talks – but that is not always the way, when employees feel there is mutual loyalty in the organization (e.g., David Ortiz). At the very least, the Yankees are going to have to spend more to retain those players (assuming they really want to) than they would have if they treated Torre better. So the way they have handled him could also be expensive. I won’t go so far as to call Yankees top management stupid – but short sighted would certainly apply."