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Jim Calhoun

Legendary Hall of Fame Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Connecticut (1986-2012), Winner of Three National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011) and ESPN College Basketball Analyst

An exceptional leader and one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history with three national titles and 873 wins to his name, Jim Calhoun delivers a passionate and powerful message on leadership, building effective teams and establishing a winning culture that can put any organization on the road to success.

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The Passion to Lead: Leadership Principles for Success in Business, Sports and Life

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.

Meet Jim Calhoun

An exceptional leader and one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history with three national titles and 873 wins to his name, Jim Calhoun delivers a passionate and powerful message on leadership, building effective teams and establishing a winning culture that can put any organization on the road to success.

Over an incredible coaching career that has spanned 40 years as a collegiate head coach, Coach Jim Calhoun’s passion for excellence transformed two college programs from mediocrity to being national powerhouses. His success and ability to motivate others—including the 2011 NCAA Championship that made him only the fifth coach to win three national titles—is a testament to his determination, his love of teaching and his desire to lead. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Calhoun is the author of A Passion to Lead: Seven Leadership Secrets for Success in Business, Sports, and Life and Dare to Dream: Connecticut Basketball’s Remarkable March to the National Championship. Whether inspiring audiences to push for high standards within their own organizations, showing leaders how to be total motivators who get individuals to focus on the team over themselves or highlighting the importance of having a plan even when circumstances demand tactical shifts, Calhoun delivers tried-and-true techniques that will keep your organization resilient and ahead of the pack. Calhoun is both a leader on and off the court, devoting his time and efforts to raising millions of dollars for cancer research and education and being a national spokesperson for Autism awareness. He is the subject of the documentary Born to Lead: Jim Calhoun, which provides a unique inside look into one of the most successful and enigmatic coaches in the history of college basketball.

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