communication wins canada hockey gold!

I hope you enjoyed the Olympic closing day and the Canada Hockey Gold!  Wow wow wow so exciting.  I don’t know if you followed the backstory to Sidney Crosby’s winning goal.  It has to do with communication.  Winning teams communicate.  They make sure they are heard and understood.  They work on communicating.  They talk about communicating.  They keep working to make the channels open and passable.  Whatever you are giving your life to in relationships, work, and play, communication will make a difference.  We enjoyed the victory and the goal, but the winning as a team wasn’t just about men, sticks, ice, and a puck.  Winning required communicating.  Here’s the backstory to Sidney’s goal–thanks to the Vancouver Sun.
It was a scream Jarome Iginla had many times in his career heard. But never this loudly. Or with so much urgency.
Like a blind man, the scream told Iginla where Sidney Crosby was on the ice. It told him where to pass the puck. And it told him how little time he had before the play went sour.
“There’s different pitches of yelling,” said Iginla. “He was yelling.
He was yelling pretty urgently. I knew he had a step [on defenceman Brian Rafalski]. So I was hoping I hadn’t delayed in getting it to him.”
“I just tried to let him know where I was,” Crosby said of Iginla. “He outmuscled the guy. That’s basically what it came down to; a one-on- one battle and he won it and we were able to capitalize on it.”
“We were talking all tournament to keep communicating,” added Iginla.  “We were saying all the time to let me know if he was open and stuff.  He let me know there. He was screaming.”

See the whole article here.


Snapshot of BC’s Olympic Emotions

I get to talk with a bunch of people about how they feel about the games.  All of these groups highlighted in Douglas Todd’s article are in my circle of friends.  Our Olympic dilemma is highlighted below.

British Columbians are among the most independent, individualistic and free-thinking people on the continent, according to polls.
They are the most inclined to reject institutions, distrust leaders and to strive to be “true to themselves.” To be “real.”
To be “authentic.”
It’s one reason West Coast attire is so utterly casual. Rightly or wrongly, many British Columbians associate dressing up with being “phoney.” They don’t want to put on a false face.
British Columbians’ continuous quest for authenticity also explains why so many are feeling challenged now that the 2010 Winter Olympics are under way in all their glory — from the stirring opening ceremonies to downtown protests, from worries about melting snow to Canada’s early gold, silver and bronze medal wins.
An Angus Reid poll revealed on Feb. 12 that Metro Vancouver residents are all at sea about the Games. Sixty per cent believe the Olympics are a waste of money that could be used for more important things. But 73 per cent say Canadian athletes make them proud.
In the seven years since Vancouver was named the 2010 Olympic host city, British Columbians, more than other Canadians, have been swamped with leaders urging them to buy into the “spirit” of this sports event.
As a result, the Olympics have been posing a dilemma for British Columbians who generally refuse to embrace anything — whether fashion, food, values, people or giant global sporting events — just because some quasi-authority tells them they should.
That’s not entirely a bad thing, according to leading philosophers from Socrates to Jean-Paul Sartre, from Quebec’s Charles Taylor to the University of B.C.’s Philip Resnick. Most British Columbians are not joiners, but seekers of individual authenticity.

the olympics

So the Olympics start today!  My children are happily watching the opening ceremonies (replay) instead of cartoons.  I do enjoy watching the Olympics and have found it to be an extraordinary moment for China to be hosting the world.  I will have more thoughts on the olympics later, but for now I will enjoy the moment with my kids.