Most Important Ability is Adaptability

Charles Darwin is often attributed with a version of the quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but rather, that which is most adaptable to change”. It’s not survival of the fittest; it’s the people who can adapt, solve problems, and thrive in a volatile environment.

As a player moves up from one level to the next, they need to adapt to new stimuli within the game. The speed is faster, the players are stronger, more experienced and skilled, and the pace at which decisions are made is higher. Also, as you advance to the next level you are likely greeted with a team full of players that were high achievers in their previous level… so something has got to give, right?! There are only so many spots on the power play and key offensive producing roles. The team clearly needs players who can excel at other parts of the game to be successful so an important skill to “survive” is to adapt by recognizing the areas of the game you can positively impact for the team that might not require scoring the one-timer from the flank on the power play.

When I connected with Matt Stajan for an episode on my Coaching Project Podcast we talked a lot about overcoming adversity and being adaptable. There is no doubt, it is Stajan’s ability to adapt that was a key to him playing over 1000 games in the NHL.

Stajan shares incredible insight on the following topics:

-Overcoming adversity
-Resilience, adaptability, & confidence
-Passion and drive
-Leadership in the NHL
-Player development

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