How to win with class (Lessons learned from the Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings)

Last night the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup for the 4th time in 11 years, as they defeated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to win the Cup in 6 games (4-2).

After watching the television coverage of the celebration, 3 things stood out.

These 3 things are great examples of winning with class.

1. Shake hands: After battling so hard with the Penguins all series, both teams met at centre ice in order to shake hands and congratulate each other, not only on a hard fought series, but on having a successful season (Remember even Pittsburgh beat out 28 other teams to make it to the finals).

2. Celebrate: Taking the time to celebrate their victory is a critical part of what makes those moments sweet. Almost every kid who ever played hockey has dreamed of lifting up Lord Stanley’s Cup. And it would be a shame if they skipped that part of the dream, in order to chase their next dream. Unfortunately, people in business tend to do just that. They fail to take the time to celebrate their victories in order to persue their next goal.

Have you ever been guilty of doing this? If so, next time you make that big sale or wow them in your next presentation, stop and savour the victory. You will be glad you did. And it will help keep you motivated when you move on to that next goal.

3. Share the Glory: Almost every player who was interviewed took the time to thank those who helped them get there. Whether it was their parents who drove them to the rink, their minor hockey coach who taught them the skills or their wife, kids and friends for sticking with them during the journey.

Not one player got up and said that they did it all themself. The reason for this is simple. We need others to help us succeed and it is only appropriate to thank those who encouraged and supported them in their life and career.

And the same is true in our careers. So I encourage you to send a little note to someone who has helped you in your career. Not only will you feel good about sharing the glory, but it will make their day and allow them to feel like a winner as well.

So, congratulation to the Detroit Red Wings, 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Champions, you deserve it. And thanks for the great lessons on how to win with class.

 

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