Brooks Laich #Leadership and #Winning

Brooks Laich can be on my teams anytime. In one of the cruelest turns of fate, Brooks Laich was traded from the Washington Capitals to Toronto Maple Leafs on February 28th. If he wasn’t traded, he would have been demoted to the Washington Capital’s American Hockey League team to try to get some salary cap relief. One way or another, Brooks Laich was not going to be able to compete for a Stanley Cup for the team that he lived and bled for over the last 12 years.

And then Brooks Laich who had been a Washington Capital since 2004 was suddenly gone.

My Brooks Laich story – March 22nd, 2013

I was lucky enough to sit beside Brooks Laich’s relatives at a Winnipeg Jets game three years ago. They had made the trip out from Saskatchewan to see Brooks play. Two adults and two kids were there all decked out in Brooks Laich jerseys and there were the most friendly, honest, and polite people I have ever sat beside.

They made such a good impression I couldn’t help but clap when Brooks Laich opened the scoring at 12:10 of the first. Ever since then I have honestly cheered for the guy.

February 29th, 2016

So Brooks Laich was looking like he would finally get a chance to complete for the Stanley Cup after 12 years and then he wakes up in Toronto a day later. I thought he would be crushed and I am sure that he was. No one could ever tell from how he carried himself though.

All I heard from him in his first media interview was how happy he was to join the Maple Leafs and about the great young core they have in Toronto.

I don’t need to see Brooks Laich name on the Stanley Cup. I already know he is a winner.

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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