Manage like a Hockey Mom
But in a good way
At a grandson’s recent Peewee AAA hockey tournament in Montreal, the welcome brochure included the Quebec Hockey Association’s Code of Ethics for Parents (also useful for grandparents). In reading it, I realized it could be adapted as a useful guide for business owners and managers. Here is my version.
The Code of Ethics for Entrepreneurs
As a business owner and responsible manager, I recognize that I have the potential and the opportunity to make an important contribution to the personal development and well-being of the individuals who choose to work with me and accept that as a priority over “winning the game”.
I will therefore ensure my conduct continually demonstrates that:
- I understand that my employees are here for their benefit and pleasure, not mine.
- I consider winning as part of the pleasure of playing the game; I will not exaggerate the pain of failure; and I will recognize errors as a necessary part of the learning experience.
- I will respect the efforts and the decisions of the supporters and supervisors and of the outside authorities responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations. I will do my best to understand and accept the rules and regulations applicable to my business.
- I will recognize good performance on the part of our individual employees, as well as that of our competitors.
- I accept each individual’s limitations and will not project my own ambitions or unreasonable expectations upon anyone. My expectations will be appropriate to the qualifications and experience of each individual.
- I will demonstrate and expect from all employees a reflection of the important values of respect, discipline, effort and loyalty.
- I will not encourage or tolerate any level of personal harassment, conflict or aggressive behavior.
- I will encourage and support the personal development of the skills and capabilities for every individual.
Good advice from responsible hockey moms. (I do notice that a lot gets ignored during the playoffs when winning is everything, but that’s another issue for a future article. Meanwhile, the hockey analysts are all over it.)
Be better. Do better. As a responsible, enlightened entrepreneur.
Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson
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