Opportunity Unlocked

Ron Bremner - Executive Coach & Former CEO of Calgary Flames

April 29, 2020 Noah Ifergan Season 1 Episode 2
Opportunity Unlocked
Ron Bremner - Executive Coach & Former CEO of Calgary Flames
Show Notes

Ron Bremner has been a nationally renowned and respected leader for more than 40 years. He started his career in broadcasting joining the top rated CKNW/CFMI team and moving up the ranks to President/General Manager. He then took the reins of BCTV as President/CEO and led his team to record profits each year. 

In 1996, Ron accepted the challenging role of President/CEO of the NHL's Calgary Flames and the Saddledome facility. Season tickets and the Canadian dollar were both at an all-time low. Within 5 years, under Ron’s leadership, both the business and hockey operations of the organization were completely rebuilt. 

Since leaving the Flames, Ron has held the CEO role at Professional Sports Publishing, Insight Sports Broadcasting, and Unisync. He launched Gold Medal Consulting Group in 2002 where he coaches and mentors high-profile Canadian Executives across Canada. Ron was elected into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named BC’s Broadcaster of the Year in 1996. 

For more on Ron, check out his website: https://goldmedalconsulting.com/ 

Discussion Highlights: 

  • (1:54) Axioms of leadership: “You can get everything in life that you want, if you help other people get what they want.”  
  • (5:03) Creating a motivating environment while CEO of the Calgary Flames.  
  • (11:02) Advice on leadership through the coronavirus that he is sharing with his clients.  
  • (15:48) Churchill’s quote, “Never let a good crisis go to waste” and the opportunity that companies have right now to build their brand.  
  • (19:30) Developing a proactive attitude in order to adapt.  
  • (20:34) Recommendation: John Maxwell’s 4-part video series on “Leading Through Crisis”.  
  • (21:41) “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.”  
  • (22:31) Strategies for ‘being better people’ during this time.  
  • (24:07) Booking ‘the most important appointment’ with yourself.  

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