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Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

He can’t jump very high. He’s not very fast. In fact, he fails the ‘eyeball’ test in nearly every basketball category. And yet, Shane Battier has proved to be invaluable to every team he has ever suited up for. In this impassioned and inspiring presentation, Battier shares with audiences the ways in which he believes sacrifice, ownership, embracing failure, championship professionalism, and a Hunger Games mentality contribute to the powerful and significant intersection of art and commerce. A genuine team player, he knows that champions are often made when no one is looking and encourages audience members to always do what it takes for the team to succeed—whether their efforts receive recognition or not. Stats don’t always tell the story of value, and Battier is living proof.

Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

What can I control? How do my passion and distinguished skills add value to my organization? In the face of discouragement and desolation, these are some of the questions that Shane Battier often asked himself in his endeavors toward success. He shares his personal story with audiences and expounds on how factors such as dedication, resilience and tenacity ultimately rendered Battier an invaluable member of championship winning teams. Deemed the “No-Stats All-Star” by best-selling author Michael Lewis in a New York Times Magazine cover story, audience members are emboldened to apply Battier’s strategy, vision and leadership skills in their own professional careers in this thought-provoking and impactful presentation.

Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

While statistics have always been a huge part of professional sports, a focus-shift occurred in recent years: the traditional measurements of athletic success have increasingly been surpassed by more analytical approaches. From Major League Baseball’s sabermetrics to the use of data analysis by a growing number of NBA teams, Shane Battier breaks down how athletes can leverage every point of data available to achieve success, even if they do not live up to many of the traditional metrics. Audiences will learn:

  • How tech industry trends have intersected with professional athletics, and what every athlete should know if they want to fine-tune their abilities
  • Strategic takeaways any organization can use to mine the data available to them in order to improve on key performance indicators
  • The technology available, from wearables to digital analytics, to improve athletic performance

Can successful leadership be learned? Legendary professional football coach Brian Billick thinks so. He knows that leadership isn’t some abstract concept, but something that can be learned and understood. In this presentation, based on his book of the same name, Billick shares key principles of effective leadership that can be applied to any competitive situation, showing audiences how to overcome adversity and succeed. In a powerful and engaging presentation, he discusses:

  • The value of creative thinking;
  • How to create your own opportunities;
  • How to inspire confidence in yourself and others.

We live in a society in which individual achievement is the predominant measure of success. As children in school, we are graded individually. At work, our performance is evaluated individually. But in order for organizations to successfully compete, employees must work seamlessly as a team. So, how do employees of an “I” culture let go of an inherent self-interest that permeates the business culture? Perhaps lessons can be drawn from professional sports, where effective teamwork is the only way to win. After coaching collegiate and professional football teams for more than 30 years, Brian Billick is a master at building winning teams. He shares:

  • How to merge a group of “individual contractors” into a functioning team;
  • His method for ensuring that a team strives toward a common goal;
  • Ways to emphasize the primacy of that goal;
  • How to create a “we” environment with a vision that ultimately leads to success.

In the movie North Dallas Forty, a professional athlete laments to his coach, “Every time I call it a business, you call it a game. Every time I call it a game, you call it a business.” Millions of NFL fans watch pro football annually, and the sport grosses billions of dollars each year. Whether you call football a business or a game, money influences how decisions are made. Brian Billick, one of professional football’s most gifted coaches and now a FOX Sports analyst, shares:

  • An assessment of the current dynamics in the NFL;
  • His insights into the future of professional sports amid high-profile business and entertainment pressures;
  • What it is it like to be a critical decision maker in one of the biggest fishbowls.

Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. His dynamic style is coupled with real-life stories that are told from a first person perspective. Those stories about his fabled comeback from Vietnam injuries to Super Bowl star are utterly inspiring for their courage and determination. He brings it together with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences really relate to.

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.

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