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A continuous desire to learn and to be mentored is something that leaders all seem to have in common. This conversation with Tom Renney, the CEO of Hockey Canada, will deep dive on his beliefs on working with talented and passionate athletes, along with his core principles when it comes to coaching.

Tom Renney’s resume includes eight years as an NHL coach, a Memorial Cup championship and two WHL Championships during his time with the Kamloops Blazers, a silver medal for Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, and three gold, three silver, and two bronze medals from ten Word Championship appearances as a coach.

In this episode, we will go over some of the key moments in Tom’s career as a leader and coach, and what he learned from his experiences and how he applies them today as one of the key leaders and influencers of the game of hockey in his country, and the world.

Show Notes

– Tom explains the necessity for having a passion in order to raise talents to its highest level: 1:20

– Tom talks about using sports as a vehicle for human development: 5:35

– Tom describes leadership as a learned craft and how he continues to learn every day: 7:54

– Tom describes the challenges of coaching at the highest level without having played in the NHL: 11:17

– Tom discusses the leadership styles as core principles that have served him well throughout his life: 18:46

– Tom shares the importance of ensuring that all the players in Hockey Canada continue to invent and be creative: 23:59

– Tom talks about his time and connection with Jaromir Jagr: 29:16

– Tom talks about Henrik Lundqvist, his leadership qualities, and the relationship between him and Kevin Weekes: 35:05

– Tom discusses the importance of mentorship and being a mentor towards others: 41:20

– Tom shares his thoughts on present moment awareness and how he practices it: 50:42

– Tom talks about the importance of being fit – mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually: 56:54