What Great Coaches Taught Me About Leadership

Bill Walton

Keynote Speaker: Bill Walton

Basketball legend Bill Walton is one of sports’ most recognizable and beloved figures. His success on the court is well-documented; the nation’s top college basketball star at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden, he then played for two NBA Championship teams – the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics. But Bill’s nightmarish challenges off the court are less known. He stuttered so badly he couldn’t say a simple “thank you” until he was 28 years old. And a foot disorder led to 37 surgeries on his feet, legs, and back – keeping him sidelined over half of his NBA career. Armed with grit and a positive outlook, Bill improbably overcame it all. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and named to the “50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time” list. After his playing career, Bill pursued broadcasting; he is currently covering Pac-12 games on ESPN. Bill Walton has led a life of humility in service of inspiring others. His autobiography, Back from the Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and he is perhaps the best-known Deadhead, having seen over 900 shows.

Presentation Summary:

Basketball icon Bill Walton was part of legendary college and NBA championship teams: UCLA, the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers. He was also part of the last place San Diego Clippers. According to Bill, the difference between winning and losing was leadership. The best coaches knew how to get the best out of their players. In Bill’s career no one was better than legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. An English teacher who coached on the side for extra money, Wooden focused on the fundamentals. He never talked about winning – and rarely even mentioned the opposing team. Wooden did insist that players work together, not be selfish, execute flawlessly, and be accountable for doing their best. Armed with that approach Wooden went on to win 88 consecutive games (a men’s collegiate record which still stands) and ten national championships. Bill, the consummate storyteller, shares tales that are as insightful as they are entertaining – about lessons of leadership he learned from John Wooden, Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsey, and others during his storied career. Bill provides an inside look at how world-class performance is really achieved on the basketball court - leadership and teamwork lessons based on principles that transfer off the court, too.


Maximizing People

Brad WolffBrad Wolff, PeopleMax

Brad Wolff, the “People Maximizer”  is the Managing Partner of PeopleMax. His focus is on leadership, culture and engagements.  His clients achieve more success with less stress and greater satisfaction by maximizing people’s potential and performance.   He’s a speaker and author of the best-selling book People Problems? How To Create People Solutions For A Competitive Advantage.

Brad's passion is to make the science of human potential simple and practical.  This way people have greater professional and personal development along with a more rewarding and fulfilling life.  Brad’s background includes a Professional Coaching Certification, a certification in Managing Change in Human Systems and completed The Cape Cod Training Program for facilitating positive individual and group change at the Gestalt International Study Center

Presentation Summary:

In this general session, you’ll learn:

  • The three critical people-oriented components you must have to survive in today’s chaotic business world 
  • The three key principles you need to adopt to create a competitive edge in our current world
  • The foundational principles Google utilizes to thrive in and manage change

As business leaders, we want more success, less stress, and greater satisfaction

  • We know that gimmicks and quick fixes don’t work
  • We realize that we must solve problems at the root-cause, not symptom level
  • You’ll gain unique insights to prepare your organization, your leaders and your people for today’s constant and inevitable change.


Compelling Purpose

Chris Nagle

Chris Nagle, North American Regional Director, Siemens Engines

Chris Nagle leads Siemens’ Gas Engines North American business unit as the Regional Director for the United States and Canada. Chris’ entire professional career has been in distribution environments employed in leadership positions by both distributors and manufacturing OEM’s. Chris is a professionally trained business consultant specializing in business strategy. 

Chris has been an active member of EGSA since 2014.  He has been an officer of EGSA's Market Trends committee since 2017.  He was elected to EGSA's Board of Directors last fall and begin serving as a Director this year.

Presentation Summary:

Most leaders recognize the importance of a good mission statement, vision and core values but have you defined your organization's PURPOSE? Get this right and it will transform your business. 

Chris Nagle will discuss the differences between mission and vision statements and an effective Purpose Statement. Chris will explain the importance of defining why an organization exists and outline simple steps to creating a Purpose Statement that will motivate and guide your business.