Kyle Stark joins the show to talk about his experiences helping professional baseball players and coaches develop their inner and outer game. Kyle shares how he navigated the tension between development and performance during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and gives leaders some insights into how they can drive a culture of development for the teams they lead.
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Kyle Stark helps leaders drive great cultures – alignment, selection, development, execution – in sports, business, and military environments. He’s Coach, leader, and consultant. A student and practitioner of leadership. He has spent over 20 years coaching and leading with 15+ at the highest level of professional baseball. Fortunate to be a part of some world class teams, he has participated in success everywhere he has been – often without maximum resources so culture had to drive it. This includes helping the Pittsburgh Pirates turn their franchise around going from averaging 95 losses per year before his arrival to being in the top 10 in wins over the last nine years there – while having the third-lowest payroll, breaking a 20-season losing streak, earning Baseball America’s Organization of the Year, and building a top-ranked development system.
Before that, he helped the Cleveland Indians in their turn-around, resulting in being one game away from the World Series, and had previously helped St. Bonaventure University win its only conference championship in school history. Prior to engaging on his professional journey, he earned his MBA and JD. More importantly, Kyle is a husband to Heather and father to Chance (22) and Cooper (15).