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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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Secrets of a Great Winning Team

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The foundation of a fulfilling life, of a life of purpose and meaning, is honest work that one enjoys, and which one knows is important.

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Great Mentor: George "Doc" Nagobads

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If you watch TV footage of the celebration on the ice after Team USA beat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, you might see a smiling man with white hair give me a big hug.

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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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Did the 1980 Olympic Gold Hockey Win Inspire You?

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February 22, 1980...I remember it like it was yesterday! The day WE beat the Russians in Lake Placid on our way to the GOLD Medal! I have been overwhelmed by so many wonderful stories over the years with people telling me where they were as they watched the game, but more importantly, how they were inspired by our win. I've decided to capture these stories in a book about Inspiration and the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team.

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Create a Winning Business Environment

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