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Creating a Legacy for the Next Generation

Creating a Legacy for the Next GenerationIn my humble opinion, the legacy that you leave behind determines the way in which you choose to live your life. Professionally or personally you should be setting an example and a standard for the next generation. You want to create a legacy that inspires, motivates, and drives the youth to be the best they possibly can be. This is not an easy task, especially with the world growing and constantly changing around us. However, it is our responsibility to pave the way for those after us. In the words of Herb Brooks, “We must pay a price, get back to the basics – accept new challenges. America was not built on a timid outlook but a bold resolve to see ourselves not where we are… but where we can go – what we can become”. Herb Brooks dedicated his life to USA hockey and even after his death he is still inspiring today’s youth players. The Herb Brooks Foundation is dedicated to growing the game of hockey and giving kids a positive hockey experience and an opportunity to learn life lessons through the game.

Most of the time people do not realize when they are making a huge impact on those around them and those who will come after. Herb was a great example of this; because of his leadership, hard work, and belief we were able to accomplish what was thought to be the impossible in 1980. Recently, at the start of the World Cup Hockey Tournament, there were numerous interviews with today’s generation of top USA hockey players. It was asked again and again why winning the World Cup of Hockey meant so much to them. Each player responded differently but all answered that the 1996 USA World Cup team inspired them when they were just boys. To them the 1996 team was made of players that they idolized and one day wanted to be. Comparably, the 1996 team answered similar about our 1980 team when they were asked what inspired them at their World Cup. ESPN stated, “The 1980 Miracle on Ice team started a renaissance of USA hockey.” Now if you asked us in 1980 if we had any idea that we were setting the standard for USA hockey we all would have answered no. We were not aware that we would leave a legacy that would motivate and inspire generations of men and women hockey players still today. That’s the beauty of leaving a legacy, you may never know when or how you have inspired someone. You owe it to yourself to lead by example, to challenge yourself, and to be the best you can possibly be today but then even better tomorrow.

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Mentor Series: Gary Linehan & Dave Cleary

Mentor SeriesMY HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY COACHES - TWO VALUABLE MENTORS AND TWO WONDERFUL FRIENDS. I OWE A LOT TO DAVE CLEARY AND GERRY LINEHAN

If you talk to almost any successful adult, you will find that he or she has had at least one important mentor from high school that has played an important and positive role in their emotional, moral, and cultural development that has led them to be the person they are today.

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Mentor Series: Ben Smith

BenSmithNews_HeaderIt's funny. When Ben Smith discovered that I wanted to include him in my series of mentors who have most influenced and improved my life, he was a bit surprised. He maintains that, while he and I have long been good friends, and he knows that I think highly of him, he had not considered himself much of mentor to me. A reason that Ben didn't think of himself as mentoring me is that the help and opportunities he provided me were as a matter of course in giving back to hockey - and, more precisely, in one case, building a winning hockey team.

Benjamin Smith III is the son of U.S. Senator Benjamin Smith II. The younger Smith grew up in the Massachusetts seaside town of Gloucester. Ben Smith III is a storied and iconic figure in U.S. national hockey. A standout defenseman at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1968, Ben went on to coach in college, then high school, and then again in the college ranks - before coaching U.S. teams in the Olympics.

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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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Victory - The One and Only End Game

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As I travel around the country, speaking and addressing companies and other types of organizations, a major focus of my speeches and talks is what I call the “Gold Medal Strategies” that are the hallmark and conduct of great teams.

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Great Teams Manage Through Ego and Conflict

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Have You Ever Wondered Where the Chant USA USA Came From?

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What Are People Saying About Jim Craig?

"Your presentation was. excellent, you were able to reach out and touch every member of our group. It was informative, heartfelt, and inspirational. The attendees are still talking about it. Jim, it was a pleasure working with you.”

Vice President Sales, First Incentive Travel

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Give the Gift That Motivates and Inspires

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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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