This week marks the start of that most hallowed of periods for Canadian sports fans: the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the 16 teams involved (and their fans), it’s do-or-die time, a period of high-stakes, no-holds-barred competition. Sound familiar?
The battleground of the NHL postseason bears many similarities to the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship. And while it’s too early to glean lessons from this year’s playoff run, there’s plenty to learn from the teams that succeeded—and failed—last year. Read on for the best business lessons from the 2012 NHL playoffs.