December 4, 2014

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE THE CHANT USA USA CAME FROM?

What continues to be provide me tremendous joy … and for which I am tremendously grateful, and which I consider to be a tremendous privilege – are the stories and remembrances that people share with me related to that magical February in 1980 in a village in the Adirondacks called Lake Placid. When I think I have heard all the stories, sure enough … along comes another … another wonderful memory and telling of something special and stirring and soul […]
December 4, 2014

GREAT TEAMS MANAGE THROUGH EGO AND CONFLICT

“Great Teams Manage Through Ego and Conflict” is one of the nine Gold Medal Strategies that I speak on, write about, and teach. “Great Team Manage Through Ego and Conflict” is also the title of chapter 8 of my business book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America’s Miracle Team. Ego and conflict need not be destructive. Indeed, as is almost always the case, when organizations successfully manage through ego and conflict they emerge stronger and more competitive than had […]
January 11, 2015

VICTORY – THE ONE AND ONLY END GAME

As I travel around the country, speaking and addressing companies and other types of organizations, a major focus of my speeches and talks is what I call the “Gold Medal Strategies” that are the hallmark and conduct of great teams. There are nine Gold Medal Strategies, and they are the centerpiece of, and discussed in depth in, my business book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America’s Miracle Team. Among those strategies is, “Victory – The One And Only End […]
February 4, 2015

GREAT MENTOR: GEORGE “DOC” NAGOBADS

If you watch TV footage of the celebration on the ice after Team USA beat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, you might see a smiling man with white hair give me a big hug. That man was Dr. Visvaldis “George” Nagobads, our team physician. Today, Dr. Nagobads, 93, remains in great health. He is vibrant and living in Minneapolis. Dr. Nagobads took particular joy in our victory over the Russian Bear. For back […]