Business Coach Explains why Mike Gillis May Have Struggled as the Canucks GM

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Business Coach Explains Why Mike Gillis May Have Struggled As the Vancouver Canucks GM

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2014


Tony Malyk, Vancouver Business Performance Coach

Empowered Business Coaching

Phone: 604.374.5934


Mike Gillis struggled as an NHL General Manager due to his communication and behavior style not being effectively embraced according to Tony Malyk, a Certified Professional Business Coach. Malyk conducts behavior and communication assessments.

“Based on my observations of Mr. Gillis through the media his demeanour was consistent with a High C in the DISC ® model”, says Malyk. “A High C is someone who is very analytical, methodical, introverted and tends to base decisions on facts and figures rather than trusting their gut. They do not like to take risks,” he says. “They also don’t openly share information and can be perceived as arrogant when confronted and challenged on facts or decisions.

“It seems to me that an NHL General Manager often has to make decisions on trades and draft choices based on their “gut” feeling since statistics don’t always tell the whole story,” says Malyk. “It is my opinion that as a perceived High C, Mr. Gillis struggled with these decisions and suffered from paralysis through analysis.”

“It is possible for a High C to be effective managers if they are self aware and surround themselves with people who complement their style,” says Malyk. “Moving forward it is imperative that Trevor Linden is self-aware of his communication & behavior style. He should surround himself with people who will compliment his style and not be a duplicate himself. A well-balanced management team is crucial for an effective organization.”

Contact Tony Malyk For more information and comments on how the DISC® model and communication and behavior styles applies to Vancouver Canucks situation and organizations in general.

Tony Malyk

Tony Malyk is a Certified Professional Business Coach and Business Value Accelerator specializing in improving profitability and increasing business value in the manufacturing, distribution, trades and technology sectors.