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A Day In The Life With US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen

STEVE STENERSEN has been serving as President & CEO of US Lacrosse since the organization’s inception in ’98. Prior to that, he served as Exec Dir of the Lacrosse Foundation -- one of the eight organizations within the sport that merged to form US Lacrosse. Stenersen has devoted his career to the sport and is proud to be one of the leaders who helped create lacrosse’s first governing body. He recently caught up with THE DAILY to chat about what a typical day looks like.

6:00am: My alarm goes off at six. There is a funky coffee shop that is a mile from our facility. I stop there almost every day. They have my coffee ready when I stop. There's usually some sort of fresh baked good that I may be enticed to grab, a scone of some sort. That’s my breakfast. I'm not a big breakfast guy.

7:00-10:00am: I am usually at work between 7:00 and 7:30, and unlike some of my counterparts that have been interviewed for this feature, I don't get an early morning workout in. I’m envious that I have not baked in a more typical exercise routine in my business week. I spend the first hour or so in the office catching up on electronic communication and emails. I'll breeze through some composite news in the sports industry, and then my first meetings start at about 8:00. I serve in a couple of different capacities. I'm the CEO of US Lacrosse and VP of our sport’s international federation. There’s a lot going on with that federation, as it was recognized two years ago by the IOC and aspires to have our sport included in the Olympic Games by 2028.

10:00am-12:00pm: Oftentimes, in mid-morning, I'll have either a World Lacrosse board call, a US Lacrosse board leadership call or I'll have a working group call for World Lacrosse that is focused on our world championship platform. I schedule early calls -- often international calls -- for the morning because depending on where I talk, if it's the Far East, it's the evening, so it kind of works.

Stenersen spends plenty of time handling business on the road both domestically and internationally
Photo: US Lacrosse
Stenersen spends plenty of time handling business on the road both domestically and internationally
Photo: US Lacrosse
Stenersen spends plenty of time handling business on the road both domestically and internationally
Photo: US Lacrosse

12:00pm: I probably take 15 minutes for lunch at most if I get that chance. I don't really have a lot of time for lunch when I'm in the office. Today, I had a 10-minute window to grab a sandwich and choke it down at my desk before for the next scheduled call. Occasionally, I'll get lucky and have a business lunch.

12:15-6:00pm: I have management meetings that are going on most days, VPs reporting to me on strategic priorities and operational progress reports. I'm on the road probably two or three times a month. Mostly domestic, but once or twice a year international relative to World Lacrosse. There's no real rhyme or reason to a day in the life, just part of my day in a life is chaos.

6:00-8:00pm: For the same reason that I take early international calls, I'll take late international calls in the evening. We have people in Oceania and Asia that can participate. I like this time because it’s also a quiet time and I can get a ton done. It is a great time for me to move some things off my desk and check off some boxes. I'm a big list person. I have multiple lists representing strategic planning priorities, staff priorities, international priorities, and I use that evening time to really review and update those lists and hopefully eliminate some of those.

7:30-8:30pm: I leave the office. I have about a 15-minute commute home, which is fantastic. The good news and bad news of that is I'm close enough that Saturdays and Sundays are within easy reach and staying a little later is within easy reach, too. I get home at about 8:00 and have dinner at about 8:30.

9:00pm: I'll probably get criticized for this, but I get the Wall Street Journal delivered each morning, but I don't read it until the evening. After dinner, I kind of comb through it. That prompts me to take some notes. I typically see something in the Journal that triggers an idea that I want to share with staff or with the board or committees. I'll note that and fire off a couple of emails.

11:00pm: I'll pick up a book. I have probably 30 books by my bedside table that I'm trying to find the time to get into. So, I'll pick up a book and probably drift off to sleep right about 11:00. Right now, I’m reading “Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle, “Leadership and Self-Deception” by the Arbinger Institute and “Range” by David Epstein. I'm a little ADHD in terms of jumping from book to book, but I do my best. 

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