August 5, 2014

PULL POTENTIAL OUT OF PEOPLE

When people are trying to skirt an issue or are considering themselves slick and able to fool others, even if what they are doing and their motives are easily understandable, I like to remind them that, “Even if your head is in the sand, that doesn’t mean that your butt isn’t showing.’ I like to help get people’s head out of the sand and make them confront what needs to be confronted. I like them to face what needs to […]
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 […]
October 3, 2016

JIM CRAIG SERVES AS SON’S BEST MAN

In 1986 I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and the love of my life, Sharlene “Charlie” Craig. I cherish that day not only because I found my soul mate but also because I had my dad standing next to me as my best man. As most of you know from the Olympics, my dad means the world to me. After we won the gold against Finland, I searched for him in the stands to share what I […]
December 21, 2016

JON LUTHER – MENTOR SERIES

Among the nine traits of great teams – traits that I call Gold Medal Strategies – that I speak and present on, that I write about, is Great Teams Are the Product of Picking the Right Players. Is a trait that almost all great teams hold – whether a sports team or company, or other type of organization. These organizations have the right players – those with the right skills, right attitude, right work ethic … and right values. One […]