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If Gold Is Our Destiny

Summary

The amazing story of how USA’s Men’s Volleyball team moved from 2 places behind Mongolia in 1970 to Olympic Gold medalists in 1984

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Key Takeaways

  1. Coach Doug Beal had to take big swings and unusual tactics to take his team to the next level. He changed how teams were organized, introduced specialization, put USA’s men’s volleyball team on the map. Many were critical – or at least skeptical – of his methods, but they worked. He made sure his team was all-in and was one of the early adopters of mental strength/health training
  2. Build trust, specialize talent, clarify roles, establish feedback, set goals, improve the culture, foster innovation
  3. What is the mission and vision of the organization? What ground rules can we adopt to ensure we are a high-performing team?
  4. One of Doug’s biggest regrets was not journaling about the journey
  5. The second element Murray emphasized was that teams are goal-directed. High-performing teams have clarity around both the mission and the ultimate outcome they are trying to achieve
  6. Great teams embody a degree of openness and adaptability

What I got out of it

  1. Amazing story about leadership, culture, and innovation. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Sean and Doug to learn more about their story. You can see that video here