Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Today's Question: Given the Choice, Would You Rather Play Offense or Defense?

With the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup heating up, what's your role on the team? Do you prefer to be the superstar or the protector of the goal?

The offense, the center and wings, are always on the attack and look for the next opportunity to break away and score a goal. These players are always in on the action looking for the next one-timer or perfect shot that gets by the goalie. These skilled players have speed and precision on their side. They have to think on their toes, lead the team and are often the center of attention.

On the other hand, the defense, the defensemen and goalie, hold the team's position. A good defense is often the key to victory. These players are dependable and reliable. It might appear that they are hanging back from the action, but they are always in the right position to help their team stay ahead.

In business, you need to be able to play both sides. Sometimes you need to lead--your ideas and skills will result in a win. And other times, you get forced to react--you have to defend your position, your brand and your budget.

You have to be ready for anything, especially when the puck's about to drop!


  1. Good point with needing to play both sides -- as Hitchcock would say, when you have the puck, each player is on offense, and when you don't have the puck, you're all on defense. It's a good analogy to being flexible and meeting the challenge of the moment. That's why players such as Bobby Orr -- the very best "offensive defenseman" of all time, captured the attention of so many fans. Now if only I could skate backwards...

  2. Great post! I was always better at defense though - playing that steadfast, stubborn role...and rarely did anything get past me. The way I look at it, defenders are observers (for a time). You study the players and you study the game when it's on the other side. Then, when the time comes for you to spring into action, you've seen how the "opponent" works, how they operate, how they play the game. And thus you have that effective counter. Maybe that's playing it safe, but when the time came for everybody to be on offense, you're ready - and you have an arsenal.