Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From Americas Miracle Team

Overview

Going into the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, theU.S. men's hockey team was seeded seventh among the twelve teamscompeting. Winning a medal of any type was a long shot. Yet theU.S. squad, whose average player age was twenty-two, displayedstunning teamwork, eventually earning a place in the medal roundagainst the Soviet Union, the world's most dominant hockeyteam.

Nearly everyone thought that Team USA didn't stand a chanceagainst the Russians. But the scrappy ...

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Overview

Going into the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, theU.S. men's hockey team was seeded seventh among the twelve teamscompeting. Winning a medal of any type was a long shot. Yet theU.S. squad, whose average player age was twenty-two, displayedstunning teamwork, eventually earning a place in the medal roundagainst the Soviet Union, the world's most dominant hockeyteam.

Nearly everyone thought that Team USA didn't stand a chanceagainst the Russians. But the scrappy Americans, under thedirection of legendary coach Herb Brooks, pulled off the greatestsports upset of all time. The "Miracle on Ice," as the victorybecame known, was a defining moment for an American public that sawthe game as symbolic of the ongoing Cold War struggle. Two dayslater, the U.S. beat Finland to clinch the Olympic gold medal.Without a doubt, what the U.S. team did was one of the mostthrilling episodes in sports. But a miracle? Hardly.

The U.S. team's goalie, and the backbone of the team, was aBoston University student named Jim Craig—today, aninternationally renowned motivational speaker and sales andmarketing strategist. In Gold Medal Strategies, Craig draws lessonsfrom those dedicated twenty-two-year-olds and their demanding coachand describes the qualities of championship teams, whether inathletics or business. He delivers sage advice on building awinning team and achieving greatness in business and in life.You'll learn how to:

  • Recruit people with the right values and character, and then getthem to buy into your vision
  • Recognize and deal with enemies of success in your own house
  • Pull potential out of every member of your team—yourecruited them, so it's your responsibility to make them great!
  • Establish a two-way street of accountability
  • Define victory for your team, and have a vision for yourlegacy

Great teams dare to dream big. They put in the hard workrequired and commit to proving the doubters wrong. The 1980 U.S.men's hockey team rose to its challenge. Your team can too.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470928066
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 980,322
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM CRAIG, the celebrated goalie on the 1980 U.S. Olympicmen's hockey team, stopped thirty-nine of forty-two Russian shotson goal, leading the U.S. to a 4-3 win against the heavily favoredSoviets. Following his retirement from hockey, he pursued anaward-winning sales and marketing career that included taking anoperating unit with $300,000 in annual sales to $50 million. He isfounder and President of Gold Medal Strategies, a Bostonarea–based promotions and marketing firm. Learn more atwww.goldmedalstrategies.com.

DON YAEGER is a former Sports Illustrated editor andcoauthor of four sports-related New York Times bestsellers. He isalso a frequent motivational speaker on lessons he's learned fromsports legends like Walter Payton and John Wooden. He is a frequentcontributor to several nationally syndicated sports programs,including Fox News and ESPN. Learn more at www.donyaeger.com.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD JON “JACK” LUTHER xiii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvii

INTRODUCTION xix

Chapter 1 Great Teams Think of Themselves as Winning Underdogs1

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 Accountable75

Chapter 5 Great Teams Are the Product of Picking the RightPlayers 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

INDEX 209

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