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Business Lessons Learned from the Olympic Games: Great Coaches

Here’s to the Olympic competitors that have triumphed through great adversity, who have faced defeat and who have gotten up each day to start again with renewed vigor. We will be watching. We will be cheering you on. We will be captivated by your stories, we will feel your losses and we will celebrate your wins. We share the belief that it is never too late to dream. Let the games begin!

2. You can’t win without great coaches.

Great companies like great athletes surround themselves with people who are smarter and more experienced than they are in their field of work. These people challenge and inspire the status quo. They offer wise counsel, constructive criticism, and business acumen that define the difference between a “good” company and a truly “great” one. Find your counsel of coaches and let them help you rise to success through the wisdom gained from their mistakes and successes. They are the backbone of your future “wins”.

At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, USA Hockey Coach Herb Brooks inspired a ragtag group of amateur hockey players to shock the world and inspire a nation by defeating the “unbeatable” team from the USSR, 4-3. The victory, chronicled in the film, Miracle, became known as the “Miracle on Ice”.