Olympic history would not been made if it was not for Jim Craig. In 1980 Jim was the goal tender for the “Miracle on Ice” Team that brought the gold medal to America beating out the Soviet Union and Finland. His accomplishments did not stop there though. Jim then went on to be a professional hockey player and when retiring from the sport moved on to a career in marketing and later became president of Gold Medal Strategies, a promotion and marketing firm and a motivational speaker that inspires people from around the world. As a keynote speaker Jim uses his storytelling skills to motivate those around him. His topics on his Olympic Gold experience and current business success motivates his listeners and provides examples of how successful teambuilding can create more opportunities.
Power of Teamwork
Very few things great are done alone. Epic achievement is almost always the result of successful and enduring collaboration. Jim explains and details the elements of winning teamwork. He provides specific examples from the experience of the U.S. “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, and how it confounded the experts, made history…and made it to the top of the podium.
Fundamentals of Winning
Jim talks about the “stuff” and marrow of winners. Jim drills down and talks about the following: What
winners share in the way of character. How they prepare. Their priorities. How they handle victory. How they handle defeat. Jim discusses what truly drives winners – the greatest winners.
Commitment to Excellence
Jim has studied, and continues to study and research, what inspires the pursuit of excellence in those who
achieve greatness. He describes what is it that separates those content with good enough, and with all right, and with the okay, and those who have an unquenchable thirst and drive to make history and establish the highest standards.
As Jim often tells audiences, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Jim shares the elements and fundamental components of goal setting, defining missions – and then going
confidently, and smartly, in the direction of your dreams.
One of the nine “Gold Medal Strategies” that Jim teaches is that Great Teams Manage Through Ego and
Conflict. Jim tells the story of early on in their journey to Lake Placid and history, the players on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team were not working cooperatively; the team was beset by regional and personal rivalries. But the players got beyond the conflict. They forged a team and executed teamwork, for the ages.
Transformational (Change) Management
Had the members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, under the guidance and direction of Herb Brooks,
not thrown off the old ways and play of U.S. international hockey; had they not embraced a revolutionary form of the game, they would not have beat the team that couldn’t be beaten and won the game that 10/16/14 couldn’t be won. There would not have been any gold medal, any stop atop the podium. Jim talks about how he and his teammates executed that transformation and change – and how the example of that transformation and change can aid your organization to perform more effectively.
Accountability for Action
Great Teams Hold Themselves and Others Accountable – this is one of the nine “Gold Medal Strategies” that
Jim teaches. Accountability, as Jim explains and breaks down, is an exercise in looking inward and demanding accountability of yourself and then working together as a team to make sure that every person on the team is accountable and, as a team, helping people to be accountable and to better perform their job.
How do you inspire and impart confidence? How do leaders and teams accomplish this critical task? How do you pull greatness out of people? How do you challenge and inspire people to get outside their comfort zone and to reach for what they at one time not thought reachable, and not attainable? Jim shares with you the tactics and strategies of confidence building.
Risk-takers make history. If there is no risk, there is no great achievement. Jim talks about the risk-taking enterprise that was the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. He shares more examples of risk-taking: in sports, business and other areas of human endeavor that enabled greatness and the epic.
Recruiting for Results
How do you find and identify the people who have the “stuff” and potential who will work for your system, culture and mission? What is meant by the importance of not necessarily finding the “best” players, but the “right” ones. Jim discusses and breaks down the elements of successful and winning recruiting.