The sports world is full of statistics that measure any and every aspect of the game, team and players.

One statistic I came across recently really peaked my interest! Now I don’t pretend to be a hockey fan. I’ve been to a few games which were awesome, but for whatever reason it’s a sport where I never latched onto a team or could keep up with the schedule.

All that aside, I recently heard about the “+/- Ratio”. For those who aren’t familiar with it (like me), I looked it up and found the following definition:

The +/- Ratio: A sports statistic used to measure a player’s impact on the game, represented by the difference between their team’s total scoring versus their opponent’s when the player is in the game.

This stat really made me reflect on what my +/- Ratio would be in my personal and professional life…

Are we winning more as a company or team with me on the field? Is my family happier, healthier and more fulfilled when we are all together, or am I actually taking away from the team or family’s goals and well-being?

It was a gut check… or maybe a cross check since we are talking about hockey today.

What would your +/- Ratio be? Are you bringing more to those around you when you are around, or are you taking away their momentum, success and / or enjoyment?

Improve Your +/- Ratio

As you reflect on what your ratio might be, ask yourself if it is where you want it to be? Regardless of whether you are already knocking it out of the park or know that you aren’t elevating those around you like you want, let’s take a few minutes to look at some ways we can all elevate our game and improve our ratio.


So much of our personal or professional improvement is built upon our self awareness. If someone thinks they are the greatest gift to their team or organization yet in reality are pulling everyone down and negatively impacting their overall effectiveness then they must gain a new level of awareness of anything will improve.

So think about how you are showing up in your organization, family or community. Where are you elevating people’s game and where are you potentially holding them back.

Know Your Role

What was most interesting about the +/- Ratio is that a player can have a strong statistic even if they don’t score a single goal!

Many of us may think that if we aren’t adding to our team’s score, closing the big deals or leading the big projects then we aren’t making an impact.

The truth is, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Now if you know that your team looks to you and relies on you for those things, then go all in on improving your game in those areas and continually working towards mastering that craft.

And it not, then acknowledge the role that you do play and still go all in on improving your game in those areas and continually working towards mastering that craft.

Maybe your defense is second to none and your are playing a huge role in preventing the other team from scoring. Perhaps you are gathering all the research or crunching through all the analysis to make a deal go through or project be successful. And maybe you are the master of the assist – seeing the bigger picture and flow of the game. You understand the flow, trends and momentum shifts. You know what’s going to happen before it does and put your teammates in the right spots to capitalize on the resulting opportunities.

Whatever your role – formal or informal – know that you can have a massive impact whether you are in the spot light or behind the scenes.

Elevate Those Around You

While the +/- Ratio is an individual statistic, let’s not pretend that it isn’t extremely team oriented and dependent.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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