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The Real Deal,
This review is from: Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games (Hardcover)My perspective on this book comes from over 20 years in the sports marketing business, including having been tutored and educated by perhaps the best in the business, Commissioner David Stern of the NBA. My view also comes from having been a member of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games staff (SLOC) beginning in 1997. I was hired by Tom Welch. I worked with Dave Johnson. I lived through Tom's departure in 1997. I lived through the eruption of the bid scandal in 1998 and the ensuing departures of Frank Joklik and Dave Johnson, as well as the hire of Mitt Romney. All the while, it was my job, along with teammates such as Mark Lewis (OPUS/SLOC) and Chris Sullivan (USOC) to sell Games and US Team sponsorships. Not an easy task in 1999.
With regards to the Games and the impact Mitt had, as well as his account of that experience in his book, Turnaround, and having now read the book, my perspective has taught me this: Mitt is the real deal.
It would be hard to describe the seige mentality, the state of mind and the fragile psyche of the SLOC staff upon his arrival. The only reason people came to work was that it was like a bad accident--you just had to see what would happen next. All that changed, albeit not overnight, with Mitt's arrival and his leadership, management philosophy (much of which is noted in Turnaround), vision, integrity, enthusiasm, and relentless energy to raise everyone's game. What you got in Mitt was a guy that knew the quickest way to success was to make everyone around him successful. He did not need the job...the job came after him. It was not about the money, it was not about the fame, it was not about trying to become an IOC member someday. With certain personal ties to Salt Lake City, with a sense that what Utah and United States did not need was failed games, and with a sense of mission, he felt it was what he was supposed to do.
The book takes you inside the Rings and tells the story of a guy who said, "Climb on my back and I will take you to the promised land." And did.
If you have an interest in the Olympic Games and the Salt Lake Games in particular, or, if you want to learn some key lessons about turning a company or effort around, Turnaround is a good read. Or, any maybe of more interest, if you want to learn about and get a sense for a guy who really knows what he is doing, and who does it in a way that lifts everyone around him, Turnaround is worth your time.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2012 5:56:03 PM PST
I will not be voting for Mitt Romney in the primary election. But I could hold my nose and vote for him in the general election if he would assure me that he does not hold to the following Mormon teachings: (1) All Christian groups other than Mormons are apostate and there is no salvation outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; (2) God was once a man; (3) Men and women may become gods and goddesses with their own planets to rule; (4) Just as there is a God the Father there is an Eternal Mother; (5) Jesus was conceived when the Father copulated with Mary.
Is it too much to ask that a candidate who asks me to vote for him for the highest office in the land explain these five claims? Please, any Mormon may respond to these claims.
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