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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.

Inspired by watching a professional cricket match on ESPN late one evening, J.B. Bernstein traveled across the world to India with the plan and dream of finding Major League Baseball's first Indian-born player.

Bernstein actually found two boys named Rinku and Dinesh who he brought back to the U.S. to become baseball pitchers. Seven months later they both became the first Indian-born athletes to ever sign professional sports contracts in the U.S., in any sport.

The contest continues today and is now called the “MLB Million Dollar Arm.”. The next contest expects 500,000+ young men and boys to try out.

Bernstein shares the business side of the “Million Dollar Arm” saga and uses it as a blueprint of how to be successful—not only in business, but also in life.

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.

Terry Bradshaw (Exclusively WSB)

At a time when business is experiencing very serious challenges, perhaps it’s time to go back to basics and take a closer look at what makes people successful despite disappointment, adversity and relentless competition. Legendary Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, a success both on and off the field, shares with audiences his strategies for maintaining success through persistent self-improvement. All of us, he says, want to better ourselves, to learn about ourselves and to apply that learning towards a common goal. Bradshaw invites audiences to think in new ways about sacrifice, pain, competition and adversity, while giving specific examples of how to focus the power of dreaming, thinking and strategizing towards goals and success.

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.

Alastair Campbell is a sports nut. His latest book was inspired by his insight that too many politicians pay lip service to sport when in fact they can learn from it. A man who counts Manchester United’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a close friend, who has played football with both Pele and Diego Maradona, been out on the bike with Lance Armstrong and met and worked with sports leaders around the world, Campbell hoovers knowledge of sport and tries to apply it to the other worlds in which he moves. What can a political campaign learn from the way Jose Mourinho leads Chelsea FC? What links Billy Beane to Formula One to global business brands? What lessons in life can we take from a Joe Torre or a Tiger Woods, and what lessons could they take from the way other winners operate? Campbell is a marathon runner, triathlete and soccer fan whom rarely misses a game played by his lifelong team, Burnley FC. Partly that is because sport is his passion. It’s also because sport is where he finds lessons in winning, and lessons in life.

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