I am an avid hockey fan – being from Canada, where kids are born with skates – it’s to be expected. Since relocating to Minnesota, I have sworn allegiance to two teams: the Ottawa Senators and the Minnesota Wild.
We are 6 games into the new NHL season and leadership lessons can already be extrapolated when one thinks of the Minnesota Wild. If you follow the Wild you know that the summer brought some major changes to the organization. Former coach Jacques Lemaire resigned his position; General Manager Doug Riseborough was relieved of his duties; injury prone, star forward Marian Gaborik was not re-signed; and the list goes on and on and on …
Considering we’re 1-5 for the season, it’s easy to start panicking … especially when you consider the fact that your former player (Gaborik) already has 10 points this season.
At times, organizations – like professional hockey teams – get off to a slow start. At times, chemistry amongst team players doesn’t come easy or as quickly as we want it to.
When this happens, leaders need to be at their best. CEO’s, like head coaches, have to keep the faith and believe in the system/mission of their organization. Leaders must be evangelist for their cause and communicate clearly and effectively. Failing to do so can lead to failure.
Consider your organization or your team … Are you struggling or off to a slow start? Has your staff bought into your system?
Chances are the Wild are in for a long season. New faces, new management and, more importantly, a new system will require an adjustment. For some this will be easier. For others it won’t. The success of their season will depend on their willingness to commit to the system, believe in each other and execute.
If you are the leader of an organization that is experiencing a similar faith this early in the season … you must commit to the following:
- Communicate your vision to your team … Do it clearly and concisely.
- Believe in your team … Be you staff’s biggest cheerleader.
- Celebrate small successes … They represent the cornerstone to the future.
Being 1-5 is not the end of the world. It’s how you respond moving forward that matters.