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Jim Craig

Goaltender, 1980 Gold Medal Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, President and Founder, Gold Medal Strategies and Author, Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from America's Miracle Team

Jim Craig draws from his experiences with the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team combined with his 30 years of sales and marketing experience to customize a speech that is tailored to driving your organization to achieve any desired goals and beyond. Jim has developed strategies to assist organizations and individuals to rise to new levels of success in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced marketplace.

   
Power of Teamwork

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.

Commitment to Excellence

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.

Conflict Management

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.

Transformational (Change) Management

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.

Additional Presentations by Jim Craig

Fundamentals of Winning
Goal Achievement
Accountability for Action
Confidence Building
Risk Taking
Recruiting for Results
Great Moments Born from Great Opportunities

Meet Jim Craig

Jim Craig draws from his experiences with the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team combined with his 30 years of sales and marketing experience to customize a speech that is tailored to driving your organization to achieve any desired goals and beyond. Jim has developed strategies to assist organizations and individuals to rise to new levels of success in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced marketplace.

Jim Craig is widely known as the heart and soul of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. The “Miracle on Ice” victory for the United States over the vaunted, seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union team is largely regarded as one of the most extraordinary sports victories of all time, and the team’s success is attributed to exceptional teamwork. Jim has parlayed his incredible work ethic and determination into an impressive sales career, spanning over 30 years. He has also translated many of the essential teamwork principles from the Olympics into successful business methods. As president and founder of Gold Medal Strategies, Jim has created business strategies from the core principles that helped the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey team to rise to amazing heights. With his “Gold Medal Strategies,” Jim has traveled near a and far to present his award winning keynote speech to over 500 businesses, including some of the world’s most recognizable brands. He will share the methods he’s learned as a professional athlete and an entrepreneur to both educate and assist you in order to develop a team-oriented environment that will allow you, your team, and your business to successfully overcome the many challenges that you will face in the business world. Winning teamwork allowed Jim and the 1980 Olympic team to achieve “the impossible,” and the same principles can lead your business to unprecedented success.

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