Saturday, November 9, 2013

Floorball Leadership

They often say that we all always have the leaders we deserve. Some say that in all organizations you often find a formal organizational structure and an informal one - in reality - therefore there are almost always more than one organizational structure in any given organization or movement.
Some people believe in authority - others don't. Then to lead, could be to give orders, or directions, or suggestions, ideas, or just disagree. Other leadership could be seen as inspiring promotions, or modeling of good deeds, or just be feedback or critique at different levels. Then leadership must also be seen in the proportional dimension too - is the leadership about changing the rule, like if a foot pass in Floorball is allowed or not - or is the intention to change the Sport world?
Yes leadership is rather complex.

In the old world (before the internet) and in a very formal organization you often found a leadership that first invented as fancy titles as possible for themselves - to secure some sort of a functional leadership mandate based upon authority - then one of their most important roles was also to draw organizational charts that described their own organisation and its functions. This does not have to apply to all Floorball clubs and federations - but it may.
The communicative landscape of the internet creates a mind boggling new way for informal leaders in any kind of organization to be heard. But it is the same thing? No it is not. But both ways, the old and the new, has its definite but different strengths - we think. And feel free to disagree in any way.
But in essences we think they stand a bit by themselves in different dimensions.

The fully optimal must be when these two sides merge. When we have the old, mandated and formally organized leadership - and as it merges into the new often inspirational and informal leadership that we start to see so much of online. (Hint Sir. Richard Branson at Virgin is a master on this)

This is why we are so utterly pleased to notice that Canada's Minister of Sport now recently has taken a clear stance and interest in Floorball. Over the course of the last week the official Twitter account of the honourable Mr. Bal Gosal has tweeted several times about Floorball.
And it is now we would like to see the best leadership from the IFF and the very top leadership from the largest Floorball federations to match him and act in a similar manner. We suggest you follow Mr. Gosal on Twitter to start with.

Mr. Gosal is doing something remarkable we think. In particular since we have for a long time thought that the main Floorball leadership would emerge from Hockey organizations in North America, maybe from Educational/School organizations, or Health organizations, or from Field hockey, or the Special Olympic side of things.
In the light of the interest Mr. Gosal has shown Floorball lately from Canada's governmental level of things - well, it seems to knock down all our own ideas flat - on this how Floorball would emerge in North America.
How this will move forward or end - we do not have a clue at this point.

But to us one thing is clear - Mr. Gosal's now shown leadership is by far the strongest we have seen in a long time - not just in Canada - but also for Floorball.
And that is utterly good - Thank You Mr. Gosal!

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!