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Hockey and The Art of Personal Development

October 21, 2009

One of my sons is playing hockey. This comes as no surprise since he is, as many younger boys and girls in Canada are, passionate about the sport. This is his second year and he is still loving it. He seems to be quite competitive (which perhaps isn’t a huge surprise) and certainly enjoys being involved in getting goals.

Last year, he spent basically the whole year playing a forward position which allowed him to be more involved in “goal getting.” This year, however, he’s been asked to play defense as well from time to time. In the locker room the other night, one of the coaches came up to him and asked how he was doing and what he thought of playing defense. His response was non-committal. He wasn’t excited or disappointed. The coach’s response was this, “Well, you’ve got to learn to play all positions.”

What a great response but also what a great comment about our personal and professional lives as well. We do have to learn to play all “positions”. We need to have an understanding of what it takes to be in a different position. It helps us work as a team better. It helps understand what the other person needs and how they can help us.

Sport can teach us a lot about life, business and excellence. And, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Novice or an Old-Timer.

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