Brian O’Reilly is the father of (former?) Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly. He’s a good man, I’ve talked to him a lot. I have sometimes talked more about things away from his son’s situation with the team. He runs a business called Human Potential Plus, and I guess his occupational title would be “life coach.”

Here is a story I did last year that talks about more of his ideas, and how he worked with his son on incorporating more of them into his game and life. I get into some of that stuff once in a while. I’m intrigued by human psychology and what makes us tick, etc. etc. So I’ve gotten into some pretty long talks with Brian over that kind of stuff. Heck, he probably should send me a bill, because I definitely picked his brain a lot about “life empowerment” stuff.

Anyway, Brian has definite beliefs about how to get the best out of people, internally and externally. I think I am correct in summing up his overall philosophy of how to get the best out of people as: show them kindness/love and lead them to their own creative space, rather than managing through fear and threat of punishment. He is especially against the use of psychiatry and psychiatric drugs and antidepressants, the “solve it with a pill” philosophy.