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BusinessWeek Features Tom Steitz and 3 Peaks Leadership

February 18th, 2010 by Dawn

I am pleased to report Tom Steitz and 3 Peaks Leadership were featured by BusinessWeek’s ‘Management IQ’ this week: “Business Coach Returns to Olympic Roots.”

I invite you to read the article, and post your thoughts and comments.  In this piece, Tom draws the parallels between coaching an Olympic athletic team, and coaching executive business teams.

“Building an Olympic team,” Steitz says, “is as complex in execution as any of the business plans I’ve seen in the Fortune 500.”  He goes on to outline a few key moves in building a successful team:  Letting go of what doesn’t work, setting goals, and building a sense of togetherness.

It’s been quite a week the U.S. Nordic Combined team, as Tom has reported from Vancouver.  If you haven’t already, read about Tom’s experience following Sunday’s silver medal win by Johnny Spillane, and his reflections on a former team member, Ryan Heckman, recently featured in The Wall Street Journal story, “Athletes Turn Torchbearers After the Olympics.”

These stories have great lessons we all can take away.  Winning an Olympic medal is never a standalone event.  It’s the result of years of training, building the right culture, sustaining forward momentum, and supporting each other and the team. Successful business leaders take the same approach.

Stay tuned for more news from Vancouver as the U.S. Nordic Combined team prepares for next week’s team competition on February 23!

Celebrating a Long-Awaited Olympic Medal: SILVER!

February 15th, 2010 by Robin

Johnny Spillane Crossing Olympic Finish LineWhat a feeling!  That about sums up yesterday’s Nordic Combined event in Whistler.   What a memorable day.  Had the weather cooperated, I would have missed the first Nordic Combined individual competition (I was originally scheduled by NBC to be at Alpine skiing yesterday, but when it was canceled I was sent to Whistler).  As it turned out, I had one of the best seats in the house, and watched Johnny Spillane win the silver medal just 10 feet from the finish line.

Watching the U.S. team members cross that finish line within tenths of seconds of each other, 2-4-6 (Johnny, Todd and Bill) was indescribable.  Johnny’s silver medal is the first U.S. Olympic medal for Nordic Combined ever – 86 years.  The sense of relief and excitement was overwhelming.

In those first moments, everyone was just wildly celebrating.  I was probably the craziest of the bunch, cheering and shouting when Johnny’s mom came around the corner with a big hug.  Once she started crying, I was overcome and neither of us could stop.  It’s hard to describe in words the feelings that evolved in those minutes and even hours following. I felt like years worth of emotion all came out at once.  All the hard work, hope, determination, dedication and perseverance that it took to get to that triumphant moment, we couldn’t contain it.  It was just so big.

I first met these guys when they were in their teens and we’ve been through quite a ride  – good times, yelling, laughs and tears of defeat, but nothing stands against one of our own standing on the podium.  Johnny has the medal but he carries Todd and Bill’s heart and soul.  They alone know the miles they have traveled to finish in those top positions – from sleeping on floors and waxing their own skis back in the day, to becoming the reigning world champions.  I could not be any more proud of each of them.

silver bulletLater in the evening the celebration was underway.  In the family’s lounge, I was with Johnny’s dad, and we decided to have a celebratory  drink.  Although out of character, I ordered a Coors Silver Bullet in honor of the day and Johnny’s medal.  I told him when the beer is gone I’m going to put the empty can in my trophy case to remind me of this day.

There is a newly minted and palpable sense of “belief” among the U.S. Nordic Combined team now, that the podium is attainable.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Congrats Johnny, and the entire team.  This is YOUR year!

3 Peaks Heads to the 2010 Winter Olympics

February 12th, 2010 by Dawn

We’re excited to share the news that 3 Peaks founder, Tom Steitz, is in Vancouver, B.C., for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games this month.

Tom has very special ties to the U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined, having coached the team through five Olympics from 1988 through 2002. This time Tom is at the Olympics not as an official coach, but as a commentator for Universal Sports/NBC Universal. He’ll also be playing the role of informal advisor to and supporter of many of his former team members, including Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane.

The news media seems to be picking up on the fact that the U.S. Nordic Combined didn’t go from “worst in the world” to top-ranked overnight. This week both Reuters and The Wall Street Journal published stories that highlight Tom’s leadership of this team over the years, and what it took to go from “worst in the world” in 1988, to where they are today.

Tom will be sharing some of his experiences and observations from his front row and behind the scenes access to the Olympics here, which you can check out here or get updates through Facebook by becoming a “fan” of 3 Peaks. We invite you to follow his adventures, and tune in to see what lessons we can all glean from this year’s Olympic athletes, teams and coaches.