Canadian Basketball Pioneer, Former Head Coach of Team Canada's Men's TeamBook Speaker
Leo Rautins was the first Canadian ever to be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft, a milestone achievement that has inspired countless others to dream bigger. Before that, Rautins was recruited by basically all of the top US colleges—an equally seminal moment that opened the floodgates for Canadian kids to play at American schools. The former head coach of the Canadian National Men's Team, Rautins has now devoted himself to broadcasting. As an analyst, he's interpreted the game for viewers of TSN, The Score, CBC, Raptors TV, ESPN, CTV and Sportsnet as well as the readers of the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and The Globe and Mail, to name a few.
Look, Aim, Shoot: How to Set, and Achieve, Your Goals
A dream is just a dream until you write it down; then it becomes a goal. This first step is often overlooked, yet it's critical to personal, team, and organizational success. And Leo Rautins, Canada's basketball legend, should know. Every success he's achieved in his life -- from his pioneering drive through the NCAA to the NBA to coaching Canada's Men's Team -- was something he meticulously planned for and executed. In this uplifting and practical keynote, Rautins eschews the usual sports cliches to talk frankly about the power of individual and team goals. How to set them, how to work toward them, and why, against even enormous obstacles, you should never waver in letting them take you where you want to go. A plainspoken and often humorous speaker, Rautins is a classic motivator who brings the best out of any audience.
The Characteristics of a True Leader
Leo Rautins draws on his storied basketball career, both on the court and off, to deliver a thought-provoking talk on what constitutes great leadership. He shares the characteristics that he has witnessed in others (many of them NBA legends), as well as the ones he has honed from years of trial-and-error, from his days as a teenaged player to his stint as head coach of Canada's Men's Team. This is a thoroughly entertaining, yet wholly practical, keynote about the many steps it takes to become a truly exceptional leader.
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