Going into the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, the U.S. men’s hockey team was seeded seventh among the twelve teams competing. Winning a medal of any type was a long shot. Yet the U.S. squad, whose average player was twenty-two, displayed stunning teamwork, eventually earning a place in the medal round against the Soviet union, the world’s most dominant hockey team.
Nearly everyone thought that Team USA didn’t stand a chance against the Russians. But the scrappy Americans, under the direction of legendary coach Herb Brooks, pulled off the greatest sports upset of all time. The “Miracle on Ice,” as the victory became known, was a defining moment for the American public that saw the game as symbolic of the ongoing Cold War struggle. Two days later, the U.S. beat Finland to clinch the Olympic gold medal. Without a doubt, what the U.S. team did was one of the most thrilling episodes in sports. But a miracle? Hardly.
The U.S. team’s goalie, and the backbone of the team, was a Boston University student named Jim Craig– today, an internationally renowned motivational speaker and sales and marketing strategist. In Gold Medal Strategies, Craig draws lessons from those dedicated twenty-two-year-olds and their demanding coach and describes the qualities of championship teams, whether in athletics or business. He delivers sage advice on building a winning team and achieving greatness in business and in life.
Gold Medal Strategies gives you Jim Craig’s unique lessons from the “Miracle” team on team dynamics, leadership, motivation, and other important management topics. With his unparalleled perspective, Craig dissects and analyzes the elements of a successful team, how to assemble one, and what philosophies will keep the team’s shared goal a reality. This book outlines the necessary skills and details the specific techniques you need to maximize your business readiness, hone competitive cooperation, gather your strategies, and attack your challengers.