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Resilience: Lex Gillette, U.S. Track & Field

2020-09-15T16:03:53-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Gold Medal, Experiential Learning, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders|

During final training and preparation for the upcoming Summer Paralympic Games, current long jump world record holder Lex Gillette got the news that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics were being postponed. Instead of being devastated, Gillette focused on the positive by saying, "I have another year to get ready." Click below for inspiration on how to [...]

Resilience: From Corporate America to the Bobsled Track

2020-09-15T16:03:44-04:00October 7th, 2019|Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

Lauren Gibbs seems fearless. When you watch her TEDx talk, it’s easy to think she’s effortlessly courageous and resilient. Hearing her reflect back on her experience of becoming an Olympic silver medalist in bobsled, it sounds like she took the huge leap from her 6-figure corporate job to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team without a [...]

Key to Teamwork from a World-Record Holding Guide Runner for Parasprinters

2020-09-15T16:10:03-04:00January 24th, 2019|Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Team Leadership Tips|

Imagine barrelling down a track at high speed, tethered to a visually impaired runner. That person is 100% reliant on you to tell them where to turn, when to speed up, and when to slow down. But you can only do that if you are in-sync with your teammate about their needs. When you don’t [...]

Para-athlete Guide Wesley Williams’ 5 Tips for Better Workplace Communication

2020-09-15T16:09:41-04:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog Series, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Team Leadership Tips|

  Communication and teamwork are critical to success in the workplace. No team knows that better than Lex Gillette, a blind Paralympic long jumper, and his guide, Wesley Williams. For the past 11 years, Williams and Gillette have trained together at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. And their partnership has led Gillette [...]

What Leaders Can Learn from Team USA’s “Mom” Sherry Von Riesen

2020-09-15T16:15:47-04:00September 25th, 2018|Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Building Trust, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

The United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is teeming with leaders -- coaches, sports psychologists and highly driven athletes. But there’s one person at the complex who's particular style of leadership greatly enhances the culture. She is guiding and leading with her listening, nurturing, and empathetic demeanor. Meet Sherry Von Riesen. Known as [...]

10 Inspirational Leadership Insights from Blind Long Jumper Lex Gillette

2020-09-25T07:46:33-04:00August 16th, 2018|Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Building Trust, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Team Leadership Tips|

At the age of 8, Lex Gillette learned that one day soon, he’d be permanently blind and his life would be altered forever. Months earlier, after getting out of his bath one night, Gillette noticed his vision was blurry. His mom rinsed his eyes with water and sent him to bed hoping he could see [...]

10 Leadership Lessons from Elite Rugby Star Alev Kelter

2020-09-25T07:47:37-04:00July 30th, 2018|Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Blog Series, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

Alev Kelter thought her Olympic career was over before it began when she received the phone call that inspired her comeback. It was from Ric Suggitt, the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Rugby team. Even though Kelter had never touched a rugby ball before, he asked her to try out for the team based [...]

When Experiential Learning Goes Wrong – And How to Make It Right

2020-09-15T16:15:39-04:00January 31st, 2018|Favorite Leadership Books, Experiential Learning, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

Experiential learning is an important tool that can help you become a better leader. But, if it’s not done correctly it may actually lead you astray. Tennis coach and author Timothy Gallwey touches on this topic in his popular book, The Inner Game of Work. Gallwey compares excelling in sports to excelling at work.  And, [...]

Meeting Madness: Make Meetings Matter

2020-09-15T16:12:50-04:00March 29th, 2017|Team Leadership Tips, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

A typical meeting tends to go one of two ways: Either the person who called the meeting dominates the room and makes everyone feel like a spectator.  Or nobody is prepared, so everything goes off the rails and nothing gets accomplished.  However, there is a better way to make meetings matter and accomplish more by doing [...]

Super Bowl Legends and Lessons in Leadership

2020-09-24T08:20:16-04:00February 3rd, 2017|Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports|

Although several "Big Games" have come and gone since press time, this article brings timeless leadership lessons from the field to the corporate world.  The world of football and business are vastly different.  At first look, business plans and football playbooks aren’t comparable. It’s also likely that your employees aren’t well over six-feet tall and [...]

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