The Culture Corner video series is powered by The Hockey Think Tank. These videos provide organizations, coaches and players valuable lessons on how to develop and maintain a successful culture on and off the ice.
Accountability is one of the most important things you can have on a hockey team. It is pretty simple but at the same time very difficult to achieve on a consistent basis. What is accountability?
"To me, accountability is consistently holding people to really high standards that you have set and doing it in a way that is authentic to you." - Topher Scott
"If you talk to any coach, two values that are extremely vital to a team's success are having a competitiveness and work ethic that are better than the competition." - Topher Scott
Three ways to help develop a culture of competitiveness and work ethic are listed below:
1. Having High Standards
Consistently Hold Players Accountable: if you give players and inch they will take a...
In the video above, Topher Scott discusses the importance of Connection in developing your team's culture.
"Building connection is all about building personal relationships. The more time and energy you invest into building those relationships, the healthier and better your program is going to be." - Topher Scott
Three types of connections to develop to improve your team's...
In the video above, Topher Scott talks about the importance of goal setting when building your team's culture.
"When talking about development, both of indiviual players and of your team culture, one of the most important things you can do is goal setting." - Topher Scott
Below are some steps on how to help your team get started in developing a roadmap to achieve your goals on and...
"One of the greatest things about building a culture and one of the greatest things about teams that have had success is that there is not one way to do it." - Topher Scott
Every team is unique. What is your team's identity? Create your team's identity with the following steps:
1. Who Are We?
Bring Everyone Together: as a team, identify who you are and who you will strive to...
Topher Scott dives into how to improve your team's culture by having a great Locker Room.
A healthy locker room is vital to a team's success and the overall health and well being of your whole team, and also the individuals on your team." - Topher Scott
Three tips to improve your locker room culture:
1. Model The Way
Positive Energy: It starts with you! Your energy and...
"When you involve the players in the preparation of the season or their own careers, it creates big time buy in." - Topher Scott
Encourage players and your team to take ownership of their own success with the following steps:
1. Involve Players
Include Players in Process of Season: If you are always just telling players what to do, they will not always fully listen. If you...
Topher Scott discusses the importance of focusing on the present moment during the stresses of a season and game.
Great coaches and great programs always find a way to bring their teams and their players back to the present moment." - Topher Scott
A coach can help their team focus on the present moment by doing the following:
1. Focus On The Journey
Big Gains Come From...
"Having an understanding that things don't always go as planned can be really important in building your identity as a team." - Topher Scott
Develop resiliency in your team by focusing on these three areas:
1. Focus On The Process
Focus on What You Can Control: instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the long term hopes and fears, it is important to focus on what you...
"Team building is all about getting on the same page, and it's all about building personal relationships and connections." - Topher Scott
Topher Scott discusses the importance of team building in the video above. The 3 major concepts to build teams are:
1. Formal Team Building
Formal team building activities show the team (and the parents) that you care. When they know that you...