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good wise leadership

Ok…so Blackhawks hysteria continues here in the Chicago area. But why not? The Hawks have indeed made an incredible turn-around over the past three years. Did you know that in 2004 ESPN named the Blackhawks the worst franchise in professional sports? Today they are more popular than every before not to mention Stanley Cup champions. What changed? Leadership.
Over four decades Bill Wirtz served as both owner and team president of the Hawks. He stubbornly forbid Hawks home games to be shown on TV unless picked up by national broadcasters. He was convinced if people watched games on TV they would not come to the stadium. The result – the fan base diminished and the Hawks became a non-player in Chicago sports. But in 2007, following the death of Bill, the reins of the organization were passed on to his son William “Rocky” Wirtz. He quickly decided to put the team on TV, boosted the roster by adding two young exciting players and well….the rest is NHL history as they say.
Here’s my point – this story illustrates the difference between poor stubborn foolish inflexible leadership that will not listen to reason and/or think outside the box it has created for itself AND good wise adaptive leadership that realizes outside the box thinking is necessary for any organization that wants to expand, thrive and win.   Go HAWKS!

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