Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America's Miracle Team
It's been called the greatest upset of all time, the most memorable Olympic moment ever, the "Miracle on Ice." No matter which superlative is used, no one can deny that the U.S. men's hockey team's defeat of the Soviet Union in the medal round of the Lake Placid Olympic Games was a defining moment for Cold War America.
The U.S. team's goalie was a Boston University student named Jim Craig, who is now a leadership expert and keynote speaker to business audiences. Gold Medal Strategies gives you Craig's unique lessons from the "Miracle" team on team dynamics, leadership, motivation, and other important management topics. With his unparalleled perspective, Craig dissects and analyzes the elements of a successful team, how to assemble one, and what philosophies will keep the team's shared goal a reality. This book outlines the necessary skills and details the specific techniques you need to maximize your business readiness, hone competitive cooperation, gather your strategies, and attack your challengers.
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Chapter 1 Great Teams Think of Themselves as Winning Underdogs 1
Chapter 2 Great Teams Have a Shared Dream 27
Chapter 3 Great Teams Make Personal Sacrifices 53
Chapter 4 Great Teams Hold Themselves and Others Accountable 75
Chapter 5 Great Teams Are the Product of Picking the Right Players 97
Chapter 6 Great Teams Have a Real or Invented Enemy 123
Chapter 7 Great Teams Stay Young in Spirit and Outlook 145
Chapter 8 Great Teams Manage Through Ego and Conflict 167
Chapter 9 Victory—The One and Only End Game 193
DON YAEGER is a former Sports Illustrated editor and coauthor of four sports-related New York Times bestsellers. He is also a frequent motivational speaker on lessons he's learned from sports legends like Walter Payton and John Wooden. He is a frequent contributor to several nationally syndicated sports programs, including Fox News and ESPN. Learn more at www.donyaeger.com.