Odessa lessons learned

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Let me start out by saying the following can be seen as a bit self-serving as I have begun a service of introducing the concepts of great teams and great leadership to a variety of organizations. That said, working with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL was such a pleasure and the lessons learned by all are worth relaying, that I hope you find it as interesting as I do. 

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Measure up

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

One cannot improve upon things that one doesn’t first measure. I heard those words in church not long ago. It was fitting because I was thinking about this same theme/topic as we all enter a new hockey season.

Do you think you know how you “measure up?” Do you evaluate yourself and/or put a value on what it is you bring to the team?

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Great teams: The need for active participation, positive dissent and leadership

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I suspect the very reason many of us have chosen for and believe in team sports for our youth is that our youngsters we love and care about will learn the many important concepts involved in “team.” This includes the concepts of teamwork and the leadership skills needed to be productive and effective team members. Our youth will eventually graduate to “real life” teams of many kinds and the skills they learn will be put to work on these various teams. The teams they will graduate to will include small teams like marriages and bigger teams in corporations, community organizations or even government.

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A lesson from Thunder Hill Speedway

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Fourth of July night I was out with my friend, John Zweber. John is an attorney by trade. This night, however, he was performing his second job. Well, it’s not so much a job as it is a hobby. He was the “flag-man” at Thunder Hill raceway just outside of Menomonie, Wis. I could not have been at a better venue for a night synonymous for the celebrating of the gaining of our independence as a nation.

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The Law of Jante

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The hockey season is reaching its annual climax. The Minnesota High School Hockey tournament is now over. College hockey is in the heart of its playoff run to the crowning of a new national champion. It is a fun time of year with the NHL just weeks away from the greatest team tournament in sport: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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