In a February blog post I cited Wayne Gretzky as a strategic thinker—skating to where he thought the puck would be. On Friday night, a young emerging forward on the San Jose Sharks squad, Benn Ferriero, delivered an equally great after game quote. In the first game of the Western Conference Semifinal Series against the Detroit Red Wings, Cousin Benn scored the winning goal at 7:03 into overtime. On his 24th birthday! Meeting with the press, Benn said: “You’ve got to be ready when you’re called upon. Try to stay loose, try to stay engaged in the game, and when you get your chance you’ve got to make the most of it.”
Words to live by! As we roll out Charting the Course, creating the new organization and culture, I know that many of you are feeling anxious about the future. The process is organic and we are trying hard to communicate as much as we know when we know it. There is no secret master plan in Washington! We are trying hard to recruit and appoint “red box” leadership to work with their new staff units to engage in the process of creating our new organization. At the same time we are working to model and celebrate our new values. All of which will provide opportunities for you to be involved. So take Benn’s advice. Stay loose. Stay engaged in the game. And when your chance comes, as it will, make the most of it!
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