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Mentor Series: Neil Higgins

NeilHigginsNews_HeaderMy senior year in high school, I was hopeful that I could play major college hockey. My stats ranked among the best prep goaltenders in Massachusetts.

Our team, Oliver Ames High School, won every game but one during the regular season, and in the state tournament we lost by one goal to the eventual state champions.

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Teamwork & Culture Keynote - Lime Energy's Management Team

WinningTeamwork_BusinessTraining "Jim spoke to Lime Energy’s Management Team during our integration of two industry-leading companies. He spent time researching our situation which made his presentation very relevant, and he did a fantastic job of relating his athletic and business successes to Lime’s mission.

Jim’s keynote message on teamwork and culture resonated with every participant at the meeting. His surprise meet and greet appearance following a screening of Miracle was moving, and he spent time one on one with many members of the Lime team. Jim exceeded our expectations and left us with several mementos which will ensure that his message stays with us, including signed jerseys that remind us we all play for the same team!

The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team’s story is full of valuable insight which informs strategies for business success. Jim has already applied these lessons in the corporate world. I highly recommend demonstrating your commitment to your team, by including Jim’s presence and wisdom in your next corporate event!"

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Great Mentor Series - Dave Brandon

DaveBrandonNews_HeaderIn hockey, in business, in life, in order to compete most effectively, and to constantly up your game and be a winner, you have to be willing and able to adapt. You need to always learn and embrace change, for there is always new competition and new arenas in which to compete.

Fundamental to the success and accomplishment of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team was our ability to adapt, to change - to embrace a revolutionary form of hockey. Leading our change and transformation, enabling it to happen, was exceptional mentoring by Herb Brooks.

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Mentor Series: My Biggest Break

b2ap3_thumbnail_Aug01News_Header.jpgJack Parker gave me one of the biggest breaks of my life. It just might be my biggest break.

It was in the spring of 1976, and Jack had just finished his third year as coach of the Boston University men's hockey team, for which he had standout career as a player. It was his actually his seventh year behind the bench for the Terriers, as from 1969 through 1973 he had been the program's assistant coach.

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Mentor Series: Charles Kelly


Charles Kelly has done far more than talk the talk … for he has surely walked the walk … every step.

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Great Teams are the Product of Picking the Right Players


In any organization – whether it is athletic team, company, public service board, school administration, military unit … or any other type of group – the people within that organization are its most important and valuable resource.

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In my speeches, teamwork seminars, sales training classes – and in my book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons from America's Miracle Team – I discuss, describe, and expound on the traits of great teams.

I have identified nine traits that great teams hold. I call these traits Gold Medal Strategies.

This month, I highlight the strategy, Great Teams Hold Themselves and Others Accountable, which is the focus of chapter 4 in the book.

Each member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team held himself – and held his teammates accountable. Our coach, Herb Brooks, held us accountable. And, you know – and he allowed for this – we held Coach Brooks accountable.

We held ourselves accountable.

We would not have made history had we not done so.

Here is an excerpt from chapter 4 of Gold Medal Strategies:

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Book Jim Craig, 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist


To contact Jim Craig regarding speaking engagements and other requests, please fill out this form. If you are looking to hire Jim for an appearance, please be sure to include the date of your meeting and location. 

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Give the Gift That Motivates and Inspires


You are having the event of the year. The conference of the decade. A meeting that will change the direction of your business. You’ve worked out every last detail and spent hours making sure the staff will sustain the message and elevate to “Gold Level”. Nice work! Have you thought about the right gift? A gift to reward, thank and motivate employees, colleagues, and business partners? A gift specially customized that supports and amplifies the messages and lessons delivered?

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