How to Build an Indestructible Team Culture

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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I’m about to break a cardinal rule of blogging by introducing the conclusion of my article right now. That’s how important this particular element of team culture is.

People.

Sometimes I have a hard time remembering exactly how the teams I’ve coached performed over the years, but I never have trouble remembering the people. We’ve all coached a couple kids here and there who gave us issues (or their parents gave us issues) but it’s those individuals who made such a positive impact that make it all worthwhile. For example, I’ve got three former players competing in Junior A hockey for the upcoming season who all considered quitting the game when they got to midget.

But they stuck with it. They persevered. They got better and raised the game of everyone around them even though they came out of nowhere.

Now one of them is a shoo-in for an NCAA Division 1 scholarship, and I wouldn’t bet against the other two.

People. Without people your culture is nothing.

I’m about to break a cardinal rule of blogging by introducing the conclusion of my article right now. That’s how important this particular element of team culture is.

People.

Sometimes I have a hard time remembering exactly how the teams I’ve coached performed over the years, but I never have trouble remembering the people. We’ve all coached a couple kids here and there who gave us issues (or their parents gave us issues) but it’s those individuals who made such a positive impact that . . .

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