If Gold Is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory (Hardcover)

If Gold Is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory By Sean P. Murray, Karch Kiraly (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sean P. Murray, Karch Kiraly (Foreword by)
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The true story of how a group of talented volleyball players learned to put their egos aside, became a team, and changed the sport of volleyball forever.

In the early 1980s, a golden generation of volleyball players joined the U.S. men's national team. With the Olympics coming to Los Angeles in 1984, the pressure was on to build a winning program around these exceptional athletes. But could a group of individuals put aside their egos and play as a true team to achieve Olympic gold in their home country?

In If Gold Is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory, Sean P. Murray shares the incredible story of how a group of free-spirited players and their demanding coach captured the heart of a nation and became one of the greatest indoor volleyball teams of all time. As the team struggled leading up to the Olympics, head coach Doug Beal mandated a highly controversial three-week Outward Bound hike across one hundred miles in the Canyonlands and Abajo Mountains in Utah. Murray details all the internal strife and heartwarming triumphs from this unprecedented trip, as players and coaches learned to cooperate and trust one another. He reveals how the team used this newfound trust to implement an innovative approach to volleyball that changed not only their success on the court but the sport itself on a global scale.

Featuring original interviews with players, coaches, and staff, along with a foreword by three-time gold medal champion Karch Kiraly, If Gold Is Our Destiny delivers an inside look at what it takes for a group of talented individuals to overcome their differences, build a culture of excellence, and become the best in the world.

About the Author

Sean Murray is the founder and president of RealTime Performance, a leadership training and organization development firm. With over twenty-five years of experience working with executive teams, his clients have included Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, State Farm, Boeing, Marriott, PepsiCo, Vail Resorts, Starbucks, and others. Murray writes regularly at his blog, RealTime Performance, publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, "Murray on Leadership," and hosts "The Good Life Podcast." Murray has created a companion workshop to If Gold Is Our Destiny that teaches timeless lessons on leadership and building a high-performance culture. He lives in Seattle, WA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538154854
ISBN-10: 1538154854
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: July 13th, 2022
Pages: 246
Language: English