My favorite sports team, the Chicago Blackhawks, recently won their third professional hockey championship trophy in 6 seasons– the Stanley Cup. It’s hard to believe that a short time ago the Hawks organization was ranked by ESPN as the worst of all professional teams in all sports, predominantly due to outdated management habits that were no longer working (and sometimes never worked). Now they’re ranked in the top 10 and are one of business and sport history’s greatest turnaround stories. Whether or not you’re a hockey fan, you can learn some important lessons about achieving your goals from the Blackhawks.
Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve your vision. Since 2008, the Blackhawks have made personnel changes throughout the management ranks at all levels. Eleven years after being rated the worst sports franchise, the Blackhawks have won what is arguably the hardest championship of all professional sports to win – and they’ve done it three times. Are the people in your life or business supporting you in being your best? Are you tolerating sub-par performance or people who try to sabotage your success? Do you need to make the tough decision to change how much you rely on people who don’t have your best interests at heart?
Let people know you care about them. With new, visionary thinkers at the helm, the Blackhawks changed many of their policies, including how they interacted with their fans and past players. Within the last eight years, they’ve held their first fan convention, allowed the home games to be televised, and invited past stars to be ambassadors for the team. As a result, game attendance and nationwide interest in the team has skyrocketed. Are you treating the people in your life, including family members, employees, customers and vendors in a way that makes them want to support you?
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Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,