Great coaches are often great teachers.   

What lessons can leaders learn from Blackhawks Head Coach, Joel Quenneville (Coach Q), as he and the team prepare for the remaining games of the Stanley Cup final?

  1. Be strategic. As one of only two men in NHL history to have played 800+ games and coached 1,000+, Coach Q has the ability to “see the game” in a unique way.  As Corey Crawford, Blackhawks goalie, recently told ESPN, “He has unbelievable vision on the bench to see the game. It’s remarkable, it’s like he actually has a videotape in his mind. That’s such a valuable tool…” What’s the vision for your team? How can you improve your ability to “see the game”? 
  2. Be creative. Great coaches mix things up and create opportunities.  Speaking with the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh recently, Coach Q said, “I’m excited about where we’re at and I love winning.  We find different ways to win and I get excited about that. I like when players improve, like Teuvo (Teravainen) scoring some big goals here.”  As a leader, how can you bring more creativity to your team?  What opportunities can you create?
  3. Trust others. Successful coaches trust their players. Kelly Chase, a former player for Coach Q in St. Louis recently told ESPN.com, “For me, the greatest trait about him was I knew what my role was, and he never questioned my role. He trusted my judgment was good enough to handle the situation. That’s how he was with all of his players.” How are you demonstrating trust with your team members?    
  4. Let people know where they stand. Reflecting on his evolution as a coach, Quenneville recently told ESPN.com: “Challenging your team, holding them accountable, being consistent, lines of communication being open and direct. That’s something we try to be consistent at.” Does your team know where they stand with you? How can you make sure you’re keeping lines of communication open?
  5. Be real.  Authenticity matters. When you’re real with your team, you’re more likely to bring out the best in others. Crawford recently told ESPN.com, “I can’t say enough about Joel as a person. He’s a great guy.  I think far too little is given to that part of it. When they’re just good people that’s probably 70 to 80 percent of what makes coaches special.” How well does your team know you? What can you do to create more opportunities for authentic communication? 

Great coaching transforms top players into champions. 

How can you become a better coach for your team?

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