Building Effective Teams Based an Olympic Success Story

Sean Murray, Smart Brief

We’ve all heard of the Miracle on Ice, the improbable victory of the USA hockey team over the Soviets at the 1980 Olympics. However, there was another “Miracle” team from the 1980s – the 1984 US men’s Olympic volleyball team. In this case, the US men had never before won an Olympic medal in volleyball of any kind. In fact, they had never medaled in a major international tournament. Two years before the Olympics, they finished 13th at the world championships. Yet they somehow transformed from a group of underachievers to winning gold at the Los Angeles Games. How were they able to do it? What can they teach leaders today about building effective teams?

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