With a reputation for success and an inspiring story of hard work, former LA Dodgers GM and Author of the recently released, “The Big Chair,” Ned Colletti serves as a distinguished role model.
Sports executive Ned Colletti, took the time out of his heavy schedule to speak with students enrolled in the Sports Business program at the UCLA Anderson Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports this past week. Having negotiated over $2B in player contracts over the years, Colletti spoke about the main principles of negotiation as the underlying them of his presentation. In doing so, Colletti shared his stories of building his career from what were very humble beginnings growing up in Chicago, to leading one of the world’s leading sports brands in the Los Angeles Dodgers. He credits it all to his hard work and strong initiative to build something of himself.
Among his inspiring stories and advice the sports executive shared with the class, a key element that truly embodied his initiative was his ‘first one in last one out’ mentality. Along with this, he drove the point home that being a boss does not necessarily mean that you must be managing everyone at every moment, but rather have your employees do what they are best and trust their work ethic.
Overall, the class of eager students was delighted to hear the answers to all of their questions that Mr. Colletti answered. This is the 4th consecutive year Mr. Colletti has spoken to our Sports Business students at UCLA and as always, we are truly grateful for his friendship to our program.
Note: This post is authored by Mollie “MJ”Lewander, from the University of Miami