Gold Medal Strategies. Business Lessons From America's Miracle Team

  • ID: 2211501
  • Book
  • Region: America, United States
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Enjoy this book and take counsel from it. It is a trove of smart advice and wisdom delivered by a great athlete, a great person, a great American . . . and a consummate winner." JON LUTHER, Chairman of the Board, Dunkin′ Brands

"In Gold Medal Strategies, Jim Craig takes you inside his sports story for the ages and details its applications to today′s world. All in all, a great read from the perspective of a man who was at the center of what Sports Illustrated called the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century." AL MICHAELS, Emmy Award winning sportscaster

"Jim Craig is an inspiration to all of us! I thank him for setting the bar at the top!" BILL BELICHICK, Head Coach, New England Patriots

"Jim Craig was one of the most competitive and focused individuals that I ever coached. His preparation and his determination were bigger factors in his successful hockey career than his pure talent. Jim′s insights are well worth investigating by anyone hoping to maximize their success." JACK PARKER, Executive Director of Athletics, Boston University

"Jim Craig is a champion, both as an athlete and in the world of business. Jim teaches the importance of teamwork, believing in yourself, and the power of positive energy. His unique life experiences and many accomplishments can be a lesson to us all, and I strongly recommend this book for all who want to ′go for the gold!′ " DAVE BRANDON, Director of Athletics, University of Michigan, and Chairman and former CEO, Domino′s Pizza

"Jim Craig is a consummate professional and an authority on business, leadership, and teamwork. The lessons contained in this book will have an immediate impact on your business and personal life!" DUANE WARD, President, Premiere Speakers Bureau

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Chapter 1 Great Teams Think of Themselves as Winning Underdogs 1

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 Accountable 75

Chapter 5 Great Teams Are the Product of Picking the Right Players 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


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JIM CRAIG, the celebrated goalie on the 1980 U.S. Olympic men′s hockey team, stopped thirty–nine of forty–two Russian shots on goal, leading the U.S. to a 4–3 win against the heavily favored Soviets. Following his retirement from hockey, he pursued an award–winning sales and marketing career that included taking an operating unit with $300,000 in annual sales to $50 million. He is founder and President of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston area based promotions and marketing firm. Learn more at

DON YAEGER is a former Sports Illustrated editor and coauthor of four sports–related New York Times bestsellers. He is also a frequent motivational speaker on lessons he′s learned from sports legends like Walter Payton and John Wooden. He is a frequent contributor to several nationally syndicated sports programs, including Fox News and ESPN. Learn more at

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