Good Sportsmanship is Good Business

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The handshake is a well-documented, globally-approved way to greet others in a business environment.

That same handshake can also be used to wrap-up a meeting, social event or athletic contest – no matter how bitter the battle.

Handshake lines form after every National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff series concludes.  It’s not a rule, just a cherished custom emanating from deep in hockey’s past more than 100 years ago.  It is among sports’ most overt demonstrations of respect for the competition.

There’s no doubt, competition drives many things – including business.

Business doesn’t have to be nasty.  It doesn’t have to be unethical or classless.  It doesn’t have to be win-at-all-costs.  In fact, some of our biggest competitors are our best friends and colleagues.

I believe that if all the PR firms in Phoenix came out of a highly-contested, hard-fought new business pitch at the same time, there would be something similar to the NHL’s handshake line.

One can only hope that more industries try to emulate what the NHL has.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

1 Comment

  1. David Landis says:

    Great minds think alike, Scott. Look at LCI’s blog this week, all about the importance of a proper handshake in business:
    Cheers, David Landis (LCI, San Francisco)

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