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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.

Jim Calhoun (Exclusively WSB)

Using the lessons and principles he has learned over his storied career as one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, Coach Jim Calhoun passionately shares the strategies and techniques that leaders must use to achieve both personal and professional success. By getting leaders to become master motivators who can push individuals to go that extra mile by putting team over their individual interests, Calhoun drives organizations to establish standards and a culture of excellence that can propel any team to win every day. Calhoun highlights the importance of planning, teamwork, overcoming adversity, flexibility, managing to win and having a capacity to learn from your mistakes so you can keep your team focused on winning every battle. Renowned for his ability to build run-of-the-mill teams into powerhouse forces, Calhoun’s passionate approach to leadership and his tangible techniques give leaders the tools necessary to pave their own way to success.

In a very engaging and humorous presentation, Costas shares with audiences his insight into today’s current events and his experiences in the sports and broadcasting worlds. He is happy to take questions from the audience.

Mike Krzyzewski (Exclusively WSB)

Using the insights, inspirations and proven principles he has applied to his legendary teams and coaching career, Mike Krzyzewski reveals clear, passionate guidelines on reaching for and achieving success. As a coach, Krzyzewski's goal and strength has been to instill motivation—for each individual and for the team—to have every individual in a positive state of mind, utilizing abilities to their fullest, and not afraid to fail. Krzyzewski details the keys to his success—motivational techniques, leadership skills, powerful teamwork strategies, steps for building confidence, the vital impact of trust and communication—that can be applied to every level of personal and professional endeavor. Krzyzewski shares the insights he's gained not only on the basketball court, but also as part of his work with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the recently established The Fuqua/Coach K Center of Leadership & Ethics, where Coach K serves as executive-in-residence, teaching and writing on leadership and ethics during the off-season.

Jim Larranaga (Exclusively WSB)

In the last decade, Coach Jim Larranaga has led two different programs from having no notoriety to being dominant contenders on the national scene. Most recently, Larranaga  reinvigorated the University of Miami Hurricanes program from irrelevance to being ranked number two in the country and winning their first ACC title in school history—an accomplishment that earned Larranaga both AP and Naismith Coach of the Year honors. From the premise that “underdogs can beat the big dog,” Larranaga leads his team with a clear and well-defined plan that begins with recruitment and focuses on developing young talent.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Use an underdog status to their advantage
  • Compete without the same resources the big dogs have
  • Transform the underdog status into a winning mantra

Jim Larranaga (Exclusively WSB)

You can’t always predict external factors, but you can control your own behavior and attitude, Larranaga tells audiences. He shares the formula that has made him George Mason University’s most successful head coach, one that helped him transform the relatively unknown team into one of sports’ greatest success stories. An educator first, Larranaga uses real-life examples from tough calls he has made on and off the courts to prepare his athletes for the game of life. Audiences will leave inspired, entertained and energized as they learn:

  • How to transform challenges into motivational opportunities
  • How individual attitudes can transform outcomes
  • How lessons learned on the court translate to other aspects of life, including professional careers and family life

Jim Larranaga (Exclusively WSB)

A team that can relax and have fun together is a winning team, Larranaga explains to audiences, describing the scene just before the Final Four competition when his players skipped routine drills to spend time with family and fans. Sharing his four tenets of commitment—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—he illustrates how unconditional dedication produces exceptional results in athletics and in life. Larranaga shares:

  • His winning formula for creating a team that works together on the court and supports each other on the sidelines
  • How to create an environment that fosters team growth while promoting individual development
  • How to push players to their limits without wearing them down emotionally and spiritually

Pat Riley is one of the brightest figures to ever coach in the NBA. He understands the psychology of teamwork and personal excellence and is a master at creating organizations whose achievements are greater than the sum of their parts. His speech shows business people how to put those principles to use. He gives audiences a vision of how to go above and beyond. He shows how to ride with the cycles of team change and make the most of every opportunity. Riley also cites ways for them to draw out their natural leadership abilities and further shows how one person can make a difference for an entire team.

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