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Major League pitcher Jim Abbott was born with only one hand, but he adapted, overcame adversity and found excellence in his 10-year professional pitching career. Abbott knows that to continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt, to change, and to mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym, Abbott strings together a powerful set of words that provide five incredible strategies to help audiences reach their fullest potential.
A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T - Trust

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

The U.S. boasts the most advanced health care technology in the world, yet its health care delivery system is mediocre. Based on years of problem-solving experience in healthcare during his careers in both the United States Senate and the private sector, former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley tells audiences:

  • The current health care situation and the historical path that brought us to this point
  • What still remains to be done to refine the healthcare system
  • As reforms are implemented, how organizations and employees can collaborate to reduce health care costs and ensure affordable care

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

Businesses and organizations are challenged with the ongoing need to build effective teams that ultimately drive revenues and create organizational success. Based on his expansive leadership experiences as an Olympic athlete, a Rhodes scholar, a NBA Hall of Famer, a three-term senator and a presidential candidate, this American statesman shares with audiences his:

  • List of the five essential qualities for leadership
  • Unique perspective on leadership and team building
  • Inspiring American leadership stories personally gathered on the basketball court and campaign trail
  • Passion for community building and account of how each of us can make a difference in our community

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

For over 40 years, Bill Bradley has traveled across America as a basketball player, politician and best-selling author. Along the way, he has met thousands of people—both famous and unknown—whose distinctive life experiences make up the interwoven fabric that is the American community. These uplifting and extraordinary stories reflect the capacity of Americans to overcome setbacks, laugh at themselves, follow their passions, help their neighbors and invent new industries. When Bradley left politics, he continued to listen to stories by talking with Americans on his award-winning SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio program American Voices. By mixing these accounts with anecdotes from his own life and from American history and literature, Bradley shares deeply personal stories that show the best of our country and its possibilities. From the man who teaches people how to wrestle with alligators and the Starbucks barista who donated a kidney to a customer to the Fenway Park groundskeeper-turned-lawyer and the salmon counter in Oregon, Bradley’s high-energy presentation will make your audience laugh, cry, think, and dream. His American tales truly touch the human heart.

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

The recent recession proved that society has not learned from the mistakes of the past. While many look to blame private industry for the ongoing economic turmoil, Bill Bradley shows that it is bad political judgment that brought us to the brink of collapse. In this highly informative and timely discussion, Bradley looks at the economic meltdown and outlines how we got here through a mix of too much leverage, not enough regulation and forgetting the economic indiscretions that caused previous recessions. Moving forward, Bradley advocates the need to embrace a culture of innovation that invests in our educational system as the foundation for preventing such economic turbulence in the future. Bradley shares with audiences:

  • The direct connection between faltering economics and failing schools
  • How education is necessary to stay competitive with China and other emerging powers 
  • What steps leaders in Washington need to make to not only fix economic regulation but also fix crumbling schools

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

In this presentation based on his book, We Can All Do Better (May 2012), Bill Bradley offers his own concise, powerful and highly personal review of the state of the nation. Breaking from the long-held intransigent viewpoints of both political parties, and with careful attention to our nation’s history, Bradley passionately offers a no-holds-barred prescription on subjects including job creation, deficit reduction, education, immigration, foreign policy and the role of money in politics. While equally critical of the approaches of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, he champions the power of individual Americans to organize, speak out and bridge divisions, while calling on the media to assume a more responsible role in our national life. Bradley shares with audiences how we can all—elected officials, private citizens and presidents—do a better job of moving our country forward. His firsthand knowledge of the government’s inner workings, the country’s diversity and the untapped potential of the American people make Bradley the perfect guide to lead this timely and thought-provoking discussion.

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.

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.

One of the nine “Gold Medal Strategies” that Jim teaches that he writes and speaks about 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—and they forged a team, and executed teamwork, for the ages.

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 couldn't be won. There would not have been any gold medal or 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.

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