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Buffalo Sabres: Rebuilding Leadership

13 Nov

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As of 10:45 this morning, the Buffalo Sabres announced the removal of Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston as general manager, and head coach respectively. This marked the longest tenure for a general manager and the shortest ever coaching tenure with the Sabres ( except for that one guy that lasted one day). This announcement couldn’t have come any sooner for Sabres fans who were dealing with the worst season starting in the history of the team. A terribly miserable and sucky season was formulating.

So, Sabres owner, Terry Pegula decided to shake things up and start fresh. Sometimes things can get stale, and that’s great if you’re making croutons, but for a business or a hockey team, being comfortable with mediocrity is a death sentence. As the winter months are building and the temperatures are dropping, people tend to hibernate and embrace mediocrity.

Search Solution Group says shake it up and DON’T settle. If you aren’t happy with your job or the way you are performing, find a new avenue to explore. Humans are brilliant machines with brains that are almost infinitely expansive. We can do whatever we want as long as we put in the effort.

The Sabres are a team that has the potential to be great, everyone has the potential to be great. It just takes the right mentoring, leadership, experiences, and willingness to accept that greatness.

If you are out there thinking, GOSH DARN IT I WANT TO BE GREAT, pick up the phone and call us. We want to make you great, and we will.


Old School is still the Best School

16 Sep

I love going to the bookstore on a Sunday afternoon, and looking thru the racks of books. Sadly this pastime will most likely become extinct, as tablets and iPads are the future of the world. I am excited for the future, and in this case getting my books downloaded to my iPad in 60 seconds; instead of having to fight traffic, find a parking spot, and waste more gas in my SUV. One day I’ll look back and tell my grandchildren how things “used to be”, and “what people used to do.”

This got me thinking. I was reading ESPN yesterday; and read that the Buffalo Sabres new owner Terry Pegula got in his own car, and got a bunch of million dollar star athletes to drive around Buffalo, NY to hand out season tickets to the season ticket holders. REALLY!!!!!

 Mr. Pegula (please Google his business success) got in his own car and knocked on doors and handed out tickets. He wasn’t in the million dollar areas; he was in the regular blue-collar parts of Buffalo, NY saying “HI” to the everyday people who support his team and the community. He had Ryan Miller “Americas Goalie”, and the best players on the team driving around town handing out tickets and shaking hands. This reminds me of the politicians shaking hands and kissing babies, but you know what it worked back then, and it still works today. Sure it would have been easier to FedEx the tickets; or print them from your home computer, or download them to your smart phone after you finish downloading To Kill A Mockingbird.

When you’re a passionate fan like myself you know that feeling of holding a ticket in your hand for the big game. To compare; it’s kind of like holding a book.

Mr. Pegula did something that has never been done in Buffalo, NY.   Maybe it was his old school mentality of trying to rebuild fan loyalty one person at a time. Maybe it was a lesson in leadership from a billionaire saying that no one is to good, or to proud to say thank you, and show some appreciation for his or her community. What else has never been done in Buffalo? Winning!  However now this can all change.  It all starts with leadership, and it starts from the top, whether you are a Fortune 500 company or a small start-up. Thank you Mr. Pegula for teaching everyone all over the country a good lesson in leadership.

Hockey is Life and so is Recruiting

9 Sep

Remember those shirts with the slogans that read “Hockey is Life” and “Give Blood Play Hockey”? Well I do because I was the hockey player from Buffalo, NY who bought those shirts. Why am I talking about these silly t-shirt slogans? Has anyone been watching the news lately? Over the last few months the “Hockey World” has had multiple suicides, and just yesterday a plane crash killed the majority of a Russian hockey team. All of a sudden you are on top of the world playing professional hockey living the dream, and then before you know it it’s all over. Anything can come and take your dream away, depression, a plane crash or a car crash (Rick Martin). Maybe hockey is not your life anymore. There are plenty of ex-hockey players whose skills have diminished, and are left to sit behind a desk like the rest of us grinding out a nine to five career.

I recently read Malcolm Gladwells book Outliers. The book is about success; Gladwells states that ten thousand hours of experience doing one thing can make you an expert. Most Hockey Players start playing hockey around four years of age, and they get probably two to three hours of ice time a week. If you average that over a year; that is about one hundred fifty-six hours of ice time, and that would take you about nine years to get to Gladwell’s ten-thousand hours. At the age of thirteen or fourteen you are starting to come into your own as a hockey player, and it is then that you figure out if you have a SHOT at making it or not.

In the real world if you graduate with a four-year degree you probably finish college around twenty-three years old. Maybe you stay in your job for one to three years, and then you bounce from career to career hoping to figure out what you want to do. However some of us never figure out what we want to do, so most of us out there in the work place are not experts at our careers. For example sales people, I am sure you hear it all the time “I can sell anything, just get me in front of someone.” It’s all CRAP!!

Where are all the experts? I want to meet and work with experts. I want to meet the professional who has spent the majority of their career in one industry, and is an expert in that subject. Fewer and fewer people are becoming career plumbers or electricians, but they are the people we call when we have a problem in our homes. After ten years in the search industry I am an EXPERT. I want you to call me when you have a problem at your office. I’ll be your corporate plumber and help get rid of the crap, and then I’ll be your electrician and help you see the light!