Working for the Toronto Maple Leafs would be a dream come true bearing that the organization is run the same way it is now and shown above in the picture. The structure is something that we focus on and the framework of the organization and how it should be run.
The organization has now gone through some changes and has decided to merge with the Toronto Blue Jays of the MLB and the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. The unfortunate part now is that instead of each team having representatives to support the players and be there when they need them, the organizations decided to cut members of each team’s staff, and just use one or two for all the teams combined. The idea of this is to build a winning culture in Toronto. They have been bought out by a Billionaire, and he has decided to merge all of the organizations into one. They still have to play their own sports respectively, but the teams will be run under the new owner’s discretion. The unfortunate part is the new owner does not know anything about sports but has already sent out a message to the coaches and general managers stating that if he does not like the way the team is being run, then they will find a replacement. He has stated that a mandatory meeting will take place every 2 weeks, to check in with the coaches to make sure things are being run properly and the way he wants them to be run.
After meeting wit the owner, he is trying to preach the complete opposite of what the organization is previously run, which stated above is a relaxed, positive and happy atmosphere around the rink. He wants coaches who are hard-nosed and will make the players work as hard as they can every single day. He preaches toughness and making sure the players are feared to make a mistake. This completely changes the dynamics of how I coach the team as I am the complete opposite. Fortunately for me, there are other coaching jobs available for me in the NHL, but for the purpose of the assignment, let’s say I have two kids in school and my wife has a stable job that she will not leave, forcing me to stay in Toronto.I now have to find a way to convince the new owner of the reason why I coach this way, why I believe it is effective and why this structure is something I do not want to change, without causing him to fire me.
I have already lost two close friends of mine who worked in our organization for the players who needed help or assistance because of the new owner, and now our whole structure in communicating with our players has changed. Going forward with this job is going to be very difficult, as the other coaches from their respective teams are disappointed with the merger, but are willing to fully cooperate to keep their job. Based on my wife, kids, and the ability to coach the game I love, I chose to cooperate with the owner and continue coaching the Toronto Blue Jays.
- 2 of my staff members who myself and the players were close with lost their job and will not continue working with our team
- Three major organizations now joined into one company, being run the same way.
- The freedom of coaching the way I believe is right is out the window and cannot be used.
- I will be coaching a different way and a way I am not comfortable with because of our new owner.
- We are not looked upon as the City of Toronto Sports Organization, not the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Mandatory meetings twice a month with the other coaches and owner to make sure everything is done properly.
- Being taught how to do my job along with my other staff members
Hockey has always been a major part of my life, and I would love nothing more than to make a career out of it. Although my dream was always to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), as I am getting older the chances of that happening are very slim. However, like most professional sports, there are a variety of careers available outside of being an athlete. My dream job is to be an NHL Head Coach or a General Manager. A head coach has the responsibility of making sure that his strategies are suitable for the players on his team. He decides which players get the most ice-time, which players are playing in the game and the strategies used within the game. A general manager has the role of trading and paying the players. Additionally, he is the one who makes the contracts for the players, drafts players, and makes trades to best fit the team.
Being given the opportunity at one of these two careers would give me the chance to work with the best players in the world for a sport I grew up playing. Therefore, I do not have a particular team in the NHL that I would primarily like to work for, I would consider myself lucky to be a part of any team.
These five operative goals would be a must for me if I were to work in this field
- Rehabilitation programs/mentors – This is a must for me because many individuals who play at the professional level have died based on drug overdose or depression (Rick Rypien 08/15/2011, Derek Boogaard 06/13/2011, Mike Richards 09/24/2015). I would want all of my players to feel safe, be happy, and have the resources to help if they are ever feeling these symptoms.
- Approachable Leaders – All of the people above the players in the organization I work for must be approachable. If any of the players or staff members feels hesitation when asking questions or voicing opinions then evaluation and action on the work environment and staff will be taken very seriously.
- Positive and Happy Attitude – All of the coaching staff will be upbeat, and positive at all times. The Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll used this approach in 2015 when they won the Superbowl. He would never yell at his players, and would always try to find a positive in everything. This is something I have admired and would want to mimic. This makes the players’ time at the rink much more enjoyable.
- Community Engagement – I know a few players who play in the NHL and they sometimes have a hard time going out into public without getting harassed or stopped by the public. Because they are such icons and role models, this can make it tough for them to enjoy everyday activities. I think this stems from the fans only seeing players at the games on the ice. I believe that if the players got out into the community more and were more engaging with the fans, people would be more comfortable with them and not make such a big deal seeing them out of the arena’s or their TV screens.
- Professionalism – With the best players in the world competing against one another, the season can be very long and taxing. It can be easy to get lazy and comfortable with what you are doing. I want every day to be just as important as the next, with a daily attitude that everybody is going to get better. With that, the players will be treated professionally and act professionally whenever they are at work. When you feel lazy and act lazy, good things never come from it.
The organizational structure of the team would come from its leaders, such as the owners, general managers, coaches, and trainers. If all of the staff members are on board with goals such as professionalism, improvement, and are putting in the time and effort to have the best positive team outcome, then the players will follow suit. If a player does not follow suit and is deviating from the team goals and procedures, then he will be traded for a more respectable athlete. The coach would manage the players on the ice and the strategies that go along with the everyday practices and games, while the general manager works with the player’s agents, contracts, and the overall chemistry of the team.
Below is a flow chart of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and their management staff. This is a rough idea of what a staff entails to run an NHL team. The Head Coach or the General Manager positions is my ultimate career goal.