April 25, 2016

MENTOR SERIES: BEN SMITH

It’s funny. When Ben Smith discovered that I wanted to include him in my series of mentors who have most influenced and improved my life, he was a bit surprised. He maintains that, while he and I have long been good friends, and he knows that I think highly of him, he had not considered himself much of mentor to me. A reason that Ben didn’t think of himself as mentoring me is that the help and opportunities he provided […]
April 25, 2016

SECRETS OF A GREAT WINNING TEAM

The foundation of a fulfilling life, of a life of purpose and meaning, is honest work that one enjoys, and which one knows is important. Great and winning companies are teams of employees, all who share a common dream, and all who understand that in performing their jobs they produce high-level value that is in-demand and useful. Employees of great and winning companies are talented and hardworking; they demonstrate what Theodore Roosevelt observed, that, “Far and away the best prize […]
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 […]
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 […]