I’m a bit of a hockey fanatic and it has been fascinating recently watching the response of fans in a couple of Canadian cities to the hiring of key personnel in their respective organizations. For those of us who love the Oilers or the Leafs, hope springs eternal! Both once proud franchises are sad sack organizations with very little success to show for their efforts over the past decade(s). So when the Oilers added ex-Boston Bruin GM Peter Chiarelli and ex-San Jose Sharks coach Todd Mclellan and the Leafs went and “bought” Red Wing coach Mike Babcock, the twitterverse/blogosphere exploded with joy and renewed expectations of success for both franchises.
What is most interesting to me is that while these men are important cogs in their respective organizations, none of them will be on the ice and their past success is no guarantee that they will reproduce it with their new teams. So what is driving all this excitement and outpouring of positive feeling. It would seem to me that now more than ever, we’re all looking for someone to save the day, a bona fide superhero to reverse the negative, fix the problems and make everything better. And this isn’t confined to sports only. I remember the election of Barack Obama and the hope that brought to the people of the USA. I even attended the inauguration in person because I wanted to experience that sense of change and positivity up close and share it with others. And just recently, the electorate of Alberta swept aside the incumbent party and elected a brand new premier and in the tidal wave of support, a bunch of inexperienced candidates as well. Change was the prevailing emotion behind this but not surprisingly, you also heard people talking about hope and that it was time for something new and positive.
So what? What does it matter? I guess I want to highlight something that I’m acutely aware of but not always a contributor to.
If you want change, there is no better place to start than with yourself. In the staffing industry, we have all kinds of challenges and sometimes it’s just easier to place blame. Maybe it’s the people or organization you work with, the candidates and their fickleness or your clients and their incessant demands. Or is it that everyone else is doing it so why shouldn’t you? But if you have hope for change and you want to be committed to it, just start with yourself. Are you accountable, do you do the right thing when it comes to crunch time and difficult decisions have to be made. If we want to work or live in a better community, then we are all responsible for making things better. Unfortunately, there are so few heroes and life is full of situations where tough decisions are required. But if we all strive to do our best, and not give in to the “easy out”, then we won’t need a superhero to solve things. We’ll figure it out on our own.
So stay committed, don’t give up, strive to become the building block of hope and the agent of positive change.