Ryan Walter, From the National Hockey League to Leadership Coaching – Locker Room for Growth
He played over 1100 games in the National Hockey League. In his second NHL season, he was made captain of the Washington Capitals. He broke his ankle in 1986, missed the rest of the season, yet returned to anchor the 23rd Stanley Cup for Montreal.
Transitioning to a hockey coach to a player, Walter says the advantage is that you know the culture of the dressing room.
"Coaching is long work, and a lot of players are not ready to put in that type of effort. Because coaching is all about video right now, it's about getting your players on the same page. It's about making them better. You do that through practice and games. That's the normal way, but now there's this video component. It's a powerful opportunity, but it takes a lot of time."
Leadership coaching felt like a natural fit after hockey. There are similarities between professional sports and professional business. The connection all comes down to the principles of leadership.
In life, the biggest thing that stops people from moving forward is they don't think they can do it.
Walter adds, "Sometimes it's good to have an external person to help you."
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