The magical story of teamwork
I believe teamwork plays an important role in life, business and sports.
When I first began writing, I wrote a best-seller book in French on cooperation and team building games.
In fact, we sold more than 25,000 copies.
Imagine you're playing a team sport and your teamates don't pass the puck to you. They don't celebrate a goal with you.
Basically there's no chemistry or teamwork.
How can you win?
Well you have to eliminate the players who don't want to play together with your teamates or you have to teach them what you expect them to do.
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As long as I can remember I've watched hockey on television and my team is the Montreal Canadiens. They still are today the best team in the world anyway in my mind ;-)!
In 1993 the Montreal Canadiens were in the Stanley Cup finals.
Unbelievably they won 10 games in overtime on their road to victory.
They could not lose.
The Canadiens won the finals 4-1 against the Los Angeles King to win the team's twenty-fourth Stanley Cup. 1993 was the 100th anniversary of the first awarding of the Stanley Cup. As of 2010, the Canadiens remain the last Canadian team to have won the Cup.
This would be the last Stanley Cup Final series to be played in the Montreal Forum, and the last time Wayne Gretzky would play in the Final as well, as he tried to become the first to captain two teams to the Stanley Cup, having been with the Edmonton Oilers to Stanley Cups in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988.
It was Montreal's first trip to the finals in four years, while it was the first-ever trip to the finals for the Kings in their 26-year history. As of the 2009 season, this is the most recent time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup Championship. It is also the last time the Canadiens have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
In 1993, Montreal won the Stanley Cup.
It's been an up and down year and they barely made the finals BUT magic is in the works... teamwork.
And something really unusual is happening this year, the 100th anniversary of the team.
The team started to gel together. The veterans and the younger players are making a difference. There is balance and chemistry on the team. The fans are behind them 100%. You can feel the confidence, momentum, teamwork, and crowd energy. All important components of a winning team.
Now the team has a superb ownership, an unbelievable tradition and an energy that is unparalleled in the league.
I believe it's time again. It's our game. Hey I'm French Canadian after all.
And dare I make a prediction, the Montreal Canadiens will win the Stanley Cup again this year 2010. Of course, I have a bias but Go, Habs, Go. They are part of my identity.
Enjoy the core lessons on teamwork in this video and note the players' comments.
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P.S. Sadly last week in the town of St-Jude, Quebec, there was a landslide that caused the death of a couple with their 2 daugthers while watching the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on TV. Imagine being drowned in the mud in your house. Today I'm sure they're watching over their team in heaven.
All the stars are in alignment.
Just Imagine Your Success And Do It,