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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 14, 2014

YOU’RE NOT COMPETING WITH YOUR COMPETITION

This month we are discussing Chapter 6 of Gold Medal Strategies, “Great Teams Have a Real or Invented Enemy”. The whole chapter is about real or invented enemies. Enemies does not always have to be the competition. Read below for clarification and some 1980 Olympic Gold Medal insight. When I speak to groups, when I coach teamwork, I strongly emphasize the importance of having enemies—real or invented—and being on guard against their destructive potential. If you don’t see an enemy […]