Fee Range< $25,000
Travels FromOrlando, FLORIDA
At a glance: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 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.
Transformational (Change) ManagementHad 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.
Power of TeamworkVery 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.
Conflict ManagementOne 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.
Commitment to ExcellenceJim 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.
The air was electric. Jim grabbed my attention and never let go. He was the best speaker we've ever had.
—Best Buy Co, Inc.
Fantastic! Standing O!
—CIT Global Sales and Marketing
I have had nothing but positive feedback from everyone who came into contact with Jim and from the attendees at the luncheon. They loved his speech! Jim was a huge success.
—The Insurance Club of Buffalo