What You Can Learn From The Chicago BlackHawks

June 16th, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks win their third Stanley Cup in six years! So grateful I have no webinars today – not much of a voice left!

As a Blackhawks fan, I ride the roller coaster of the “thrill of victory” and “agony of defeat” throughout the season and during the playoffs.   The grit and tenacity of Hockey Players is off the charts and it’s nothing short of “unbelievable” that Tampa Bay Goalie Ben Bishop continued competing with a tear in his right groin.

You may not be a Chicago Blackhawks fan, but their quest to the Championship can teach all of us great lessons on how to be champions in our Profession.

LESSON ONE – SET A GOAL TO BECOME A CHAMPION AND STAY THERE!

There simply is not a better organization in the NHL right now than the Chicago Blackhawks.  Their third win in six years has set a gold standard in the NHL when it comes to building a team in the salary cap era.  This was the closest Stanley Cup Final in perhaps “of all time.”

Interviews after the victory emphasized the dedication, efforts and winning mindset of every person who is a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

– Do you have the dedication and winning mindset of a Champion?

– Do you envision yourself as the Top Producer in your office?

– In your State?

– In your Niche?

What your mind can conceive and believe – you can achieve.   There is a price to pay for become the best, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Becoming a top producer in our Profession, doesn’t just happen.  It takes someone to set a specific goal and then do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.   Hockey players know the stats and numbers they need to achieve to win – do you?  Do you practice and fine tune your skills – always looking to improve?  Do you know exactly which results you need on a daily basis to achieve a higher level of success?  If the answer is No, this is great place to start.  You must know your individual ratios in order to become a Top Producer.   Maintaining your stats and ratios, helps you stay a Top Producer.

LESSON TWO – ONE PERSON CANNOT MAKE OR BREAK A TEAM

Your team is only as strong as the weakest person in your office.  I find Hockey extremely fascinating when you watch how often players come off and on the bench depending on what skills are needed at that moment in time.   Each player contributes to the overall strength of the team.

Everyone in your office from the front desk person who answers your phone to the accounting team who ensures invoices are paid on time, all contribute to your success.  Not one person can make a successful team but one negative person can break it.  Can you imagine a player on the Blackhawks participating in the Stanley Cup finals with a bad attitude due to something that happened during the last play or last game?  Their future would obviously be in jeopardy.

When Duncan Keith was the unanimous choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP he stated, “It feels so great.  You want to keep being a part of these things.  You don’t get these awards without being on great teams with great players.  I’m just proud to be a part of this group of guys who care so much and do whatever it takes.”  

You must arrive each day with a winning attitude and appreciate the contributions made by everyone on your team.

LESSON THREE – WINNERS ARE NOT DETERRED BY CHALLENGES, LOSSES, PAIN AND DISAPPOINTMENTS

Last year the “agony of defeat” was etched on every Blackhawks player after the Western Conference Final that ended with a 5.4 overtime loss in Game 7 at the United Center.  After battling back from a 3-1 deficient in the best of 7 series, the defending Stanley Cup Champions finished their season “one goal” short of returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

Getting close to the big dance did not sit well with any of the players and they knew their abilities to play and succeed in tough situations would be the foundation for them getting into and winning the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015!  In Hockey there are hard hits, injuries and challenges every second of the game.  These players become stronger and better as they face each challenge with the will to win.

Are you allowing rejection, problem areas or disappointments to impact your ability to achieve greatness?  Learn with each situation, change your techniques of approach, pin down processes that work and win.

LESSON FOUR – IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE A HERO                   

You must arrive each day with a winning attitude and appreciate the contributions made by everyone on your team. It’s no coincidence that this team was put together under the leadership of Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough.  This team was named as one of the worst franchises in 2004 and less than ten years later is one of the best in the league. This transition was made possible by embracing change, strong leadership, great coaches, trainers and winning players.

Make this the year you decide to achieve the greatest success in your Career.

LESSSON FIVE – WINNING IS SO MUCH MORE FUN THAN LOSING!

I especially loved the pictures of the babies and small children of the players taking photos sitting in the Stanley Cup.  Family members were on the ice celebrating with the players and the joy was written all over their faces.

These players truly love each other and the fun they have on and off the ice is obvious.  Last night the Stanley Cup visited several bars in Chicago so players could celebrate and share their joy with family, friends and fans.

I don’t think there is enough laughter and fun in Staffing and Recruiting Offices.

People like to work with people they enjoy and this includes your clients and candidates.  If you have more fun and come across as someone who truly loves what they do, you will win more often.  It’s important that you establish an enjoyable working relationship with clients, candidates and your coworkers.

I will be going to a Sporting Goods store later to buy my official Stanley Cup Championship t-shirts and hats and plan to celebrate this win for at least a few days.   I’d love for you to be celebrating your wins in the coming months and would love to hear your success stories!

Go Blackhawks!!

 

Barb Bruno, CPC, CTS

 

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