Culture Corner

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.

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2020 by
Topher Scott Discusses Accountability on ice Hockey Teams
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 1. Consistency You...
Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2020 by
The Importances of Ceompetitiveness and Work Ethic in Hockey
"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...
Posted on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 by
Culture Corner - Connection
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...
Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2020 by
Topher Scott Discusses Goal Setting in Hockey
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...
Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 by
Culture Corner Speaks About Identity
"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...
Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 by
Topher Scott Talks About Building a Close Locker Room
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...
Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 by
Topher Scott Discusses Taking Ownership
"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...
Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2020 by
Focusing on the Present Moment in Sports
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...
Posted on Sunday, September 6th, 2020 by
Topher Scott Discusses Resiliency
"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...
Posted on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 by
Team Building With Topher Scott
"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...