Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, executive coach and team culture expert, a nine-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. A world-class storyteller, he is has been invited as a guest to every major talk show from Oprah to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.
Don is the author or coauthor of 25 books, including Never Die Easy, with Walter Payton, and Running for My Life, with Warrick Dunn. He’s written with Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, quarterback Warren Moon, Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw, and Michael Oher, whose story was told in the movie, The Blind Side. His newest release, Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations do Differently, is based on 100 interviews he conducted with some of the most successful teams and organizations in the United States.
As a thought leader and executive business coach, he has been retained by companies and organizations to coach their management teams and employees on building a culture of greatness by looking at great teams in sports and discerning the business lessons we can learn from them.
In 1999, Don called Coach John Wooden and asked for his mentoring. That was the start of a 12-year friendship that culminated in the book, A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring, co-written by Don and Coach Wooden. It was published in 2009, the year Coach Wooden turned 99 years old. Don continues to appreciate the lessons he learned from the philosopher, a teacher, and a humble man everyone called “Coach.”
SUCCESS Academy is partnering with Coach John Wooden’s family to launch a digital learning course that focuses on his pyramid of success. This teachings are encapsulated in a 10-module course called Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success that launched in November. For the first time in history the Wooden family are giving the public a unique opportunity to know Coach Wooden teachings, philosophies and wisdom, through dozens of exclusive interviews and rarely before-seen archival footage and insights.