The best General Managers in professional sports – and the best leaders is business - are able to keep their teams competitive by managing a balance between day-to-day needs and future success.

It’s a difficult task, but not impossible.

It means you have to continue to keep your organization full of prospects or talented recruits, while not giving it all up at the prospect of a quick win.

You need to keep your team intact, valuing the veteran players who might help you win now, but also realizing that part of team-building requires.

  • “Neil Smith was able to do what no other general manager could in 54 years for the New York Rangers-win the Stanley Cup! It was Neil's bold approach to changing the culture that allowed the team to galvanize into champions.”