The Cultural Environment Principle
Effective and efficient project delivery results from working in a supportive environment.
Management must provide the right atmosphere in which the team can perform. Organizations can
accomplish this by ensuring that the project is backed by the organization and that roadblocks
to success are overcome. Furthermore, assigning a project manager whose leadership style suits
the particular project and who has the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to lead it maximizes
the possibility for success. And then, once success has been realized, the organization recognizes
the achievers appropriately through monetary and/or non-monetary means.
Hockey teams are no different. Winning organizations fill leadership roles with the best
available people. Management hires the best scouts to find and acquire players and buys the
best equipment for them to use. And, they hire a coach who has the right leadership style to
get the optimum performance from the team. If the
team is not performing to their capabilities, the coach could be let go and another one brought
Occasionally a player no longer fits the team culture, not because of inability to perform
but due to the way the player negatively impacts the team's character or personality. That negativity
results in team dysfunction and poor team performance. To restore functionality and performance,
the player is removed from the team. The history of Alexei Yashin with the Ottawa Senators and
his subsequent trade to the New York Islanders in 2001 attests to this.
Winning teams understand the need for a supportive environment and commit to building their
organizations accordingly. And they too recognize and reward success. Victory celebrations and
personnel acknowledgement ranges from performance-based pay to individual player awards, to
all-star teams and ultimately, to championship parades.
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