Hi, my name is Mike Blunden, and over my 14 years journey in professional hockey, I personally know the highs and lows that life can bring. I’m excited to use my knowledge and experience to deliver virtual workplace engagement training focused on teamwork and adaptation to corporate clients.
From feeling on top of the world, scoring 2 goals in the finals for Canada in the World Juniors, winning the gold medal, to serious injuries, where I never thought I would be able to play again.
Through it all, I can name 2 qualities that set me apart and allowed me to continue my hockey journey – my adaptability and my personability which helped me to form leadership roles in the ladder years of my career.
To be a leader – there is a vocal component but, in my opinion, true leadership is helping teammates understand themselves, in new ways, to reach their full potential. You must be humble, accept criticism openly and adapt to changing circumstance for the greater good of the teams’ goals.
Everyone has good days and bad days and sometimes just asking the right question and listening to teammates can help elevate their energy and realize their potential; which in turn helps develop and cultivate a winning organization. This goes for teammates in any organization: to lead we always need to be listening, learning, and having an adaptable mindset to create a path of individual and team success.