Ten Signs That You Will Not Go Anywhere In Hockey

There are all kinds of players and coaches in the world.  Some are good and some are bad?  Everyone has been around both types of people and you know which kind they are within five minutes of meeting them.

It is easy to pick out the player or the coach that is going someplace in the game and in life.  It can sometimes be a little more complicated to see the player or coach who will never succeed.

Here are ten signs you will go nowhere in hockey:

10.  You can not take “no” for an answer. 

If you find yourself defending your ideas even after superiors have expressed they disagree with it, you start to be seen as a troublemaker. Sometimes you just need to let things go for the sake of the team.  Coaches decide who is on Power Play, not players.  General Managers make trade decisions, not Coach, and Owners tell GM where the team will play.  “No” can be a good thing to hear if it makes you mature.

9. You find yourself apologizing all the time.

Everyone makes mistakes, but if it seems like the people on your team are always not happy with you, and you always have to say “sorry” you might want to look in the mirror.

8. No one likes playing with you or for you.

If it seems like team mates aren’t making eye contact with you or are uncomfortable when you are not on the ice or in the dressing room, it may actually be because they are afraid of you, or at least see you as a bad team-player. If you’re too aggressive or pushy, you’ll come to be seen as a “lone wolf” that no one wants to deal with.

7. You’re largely less productive than your peers.

If your Coach or GM seems to be spending more time with you than your team mate or other team employees, and these people are constantly having to assist you, your team may eventually determine that trying to improve your performance is a waste of time and effort.

6. You don’t believe in your team mission or goals.

If you’re regularly making smart ass comments about what your team or Owner stands for, your team will have a hard time trusting your judgment on decisions. If you separate yourself from your team, then your team will see and could separate from you.

5. You’re convinced you’re the best player the team has.

Let’s just assume that you are as great as you think you are; you’re still part of a team. And arrogant players who don’t respect the team hierarchy are not going to last very long.

4. You love to run the mouth.

Getting the inside scoop on your team mates can be hard to resist, and sharing all your problems with team mates can be helpful to figure out things. But after time, rumors and complaints will be tied with you, and you will lose the respect of your team mates.

3. You complain about the extra work to be done.

Nobody likes the surprise of extra work, extra practices, but if you always complain with mumbled comments or even not show up to the assignment, you will be labeled as someone with poor work ethic.

2. You make all the excuses.

People take notice when your excuses outnumber the times you do the work.

Finally the number one career killer…….

1. You’re always late.

Maybe you just happen to be a slow mover in the morning, or the line at the subway adds 10 minutes to your trip, or important calls seem to always come up. Whatever the case, trying to explain away and rationalize it won’t help your reputation. Habitually poor time management will make everyone see you as selfish, disrespectful, unreliable, and disorganized.

Now, how may of these thing fit you?

Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser