Federal Coach: The Puck Stops Here

The Washington Capitals are off to their best start in team history. I’ve enjoyed watching the games on television with my nine-year-old son Jack, and he’s been thrilled with their performance after they flopped in the playoffs last year.

While watching a game the other night, he asked, “Why is the team playing so much better?”

Poor kid. Little did Jack know that I would use his question as an opportunity to translate something he understands – hockey – into something he does not: the lessons I tend to draw upon in my work helping public servants become exceptional leaders.

Jack listened intently as I talked about the leadership and teamwork lessons to be learned from the Caps this year, as well as from some other great sports teams. I may be fooling myself, but I think he liked the conversation.

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