October 23, 2014

Soundwaves – The Greatest Leadership Challenge

The Greatest Leadership Challenge – January 2013 One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to remain outwardly positive when your team or organization is performing poorly. Drawing on insights from his experiences as Team Leader for the 2012 US Olympic Sailing Team, Dean shares some thoughts on both the importance of [...]

Lessons from Olympic Sailing

What can the sport of Olympic Sailboat Racing teach us about the art of public speaking? Plenty. The Beacon Newsletter Lessons from the Olympic Games: Drawing Great Performances from Your Team – December 2008 Lessons from the Olympic Games: How to Build a Great Team – October 2008 Sharing the Sandbox – August 2005 Velocity [...]

Insights from Olympic Sailing

What can the sport of Olympic Sailboat Racing teach us about the art of public speaking? Plenty. In business, as in sailboat racing, you are in constant competition – for customers, for investment dollars, for the minds and support of your employees, directors and shareholders. Whether you are the helmsman of a team or the [...]

The Best Team I Have Ever Been On

[ Volume VIII, Issue 3 ] In the last Spotlight I wrote to you about the “worst” team I have ever been a part of. Well, I’ve been on a lot of teams over the years, on the field, on the water, and in the conference room. Since I’ve shared some thoughts on a bad [...]

Lessons from US Olympic Sailing: The Importance of Adjusting Your Style

[ Volume VII, Issue 2 ] As many of you know, the US Olympic Sailing Program is a major part of my life. In addition to my professional life with The Latimer Group, I serve as the chairman for the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing programs. I was originally appointed through the 2008 Games, but [...]

Lessons from the Olympic Games: Drawing Great Performances from Your Team

[Volume VI, Issue 6 ] “Never confuse activity with achievement.” – John Wooden There are so many challenges that the business leader, the manager, and the coach must face. Organizing, aligning, and leading a group of individuals to achieve successful outcomes is about as tough as it gets in the modern business world. Every one [...]

The Walk of a Lifetime: The Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games

[ Volume VI, Issue 5 ] This space is typically reserved for real-life examples of great communication and leadership… but not in this issue. On August 8, 2008, I lived out a lifelong dream and marched in the Opening Ceremony of an Olympic Games. My actual life goal has been to compete in the Games [...]

Lessons from the Olympic Games: How to Build a Great Team

[ Volume VI, Issue 6 ] “The main ingredient of success is the rest of the team.” – John Wooden Building a great team is a significant challenge, and every organization faces this reality each day. Assembling the correct people and putting them in places where they can and will succeed is a task that [...]

On the Olympic Games, and the Intersection of Politics and Sports

[ Volume VI, Issue 3 ] Regular readers of The Beacon may be aware of my role as the volunteer Chairman of the US Olympic Sailing program. In addition, I will serve as Team Leader for our Olympic Sailing Team at the Olympic Games in August. This means I will attend the Games with our [...]

Lessons from Torino

[ Volume IV, Issue 2 ] Author’s Note: In January 2005, I wrote an In The Spotlight piece about The US Olympic Sailing Program, and my perspective as Olympic Sailing Chairman. This piece updates some similar issues mentioned in the previous piece. If you are interested in reading the original piece, please click here. The [...]