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Roger  Crawford

Roger Crawford

First Disabled Professional Tennis & Division I College Athlete


Sports Illustrated has called Roger Crawford “One of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world.” After realizing tremendous success on center court as a Division 1 athlete, he took his talents to center stage and became a motivational speaker. Roger’s transformational message gives organizations the ability to decrease excuses, increase results, and break through self-imposed limitations. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable; defeat is optional.” Read More >

Roger’s achievements include:

  • host of the weekly feature “Motivational Mondays with Roger Crawford,” which can be seen worldwide on Tennis Channel
  • recipient of the prestigious ITA Achievement Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame
  • member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities (along with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeve, Helen Keller, and former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

He’s been featured on many national television programs and publications, including:

  • Good Morning America
  • Monday Night Football
  • The Today Show
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Men’s Fitness
  • Fast Company
  • Tennis Magazine

Roger is also a bestselling author whose books have been translated into 17 different languages. His most recent book, Think Again! Discover the Possibilities Hidden in Plain Sight, helps readers embrace change, improve their mindset, and achieve breakthrough performances. Read Less ^

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Leading to Win: Inspiring Others To Go Beyond Acceptable & Achieve the Exceptional

As a tennis player, Crawford learned that to be successful on the court, you had to have a consistent follow-through. This is true in business as well. Leaders who win realize their team’s most important capability is the ability to execute. Would you agree that ordinary ability with extraordinary follow-through produces remarkable results? Effective leaders set ambitious but attainable goals and provide the encouragement, resources, and tools needed to achieve the exceptional. Read More >

The most successful leaders are, first and foremost, heart specialists. In other words, they connect emotionally by showing respect, empathy, and care for others. Leaders who win don’t spend their energy pursuing prominence, focusing on themselves. They strive for significance, which is focused on the team.

When teams embrace a compelling vision for the future and trust their leader, they achieve the exceptional. Leading to win is helping others see that desire can be more powerful than disappointments.

Here are some actions and attitudes your organization can use to increase their leadership effectiveness: Read Less ^

  • Create a winning vision for the future that is compelling and vivid
  • Identify the must-wins for the team
  • See perseverance as a combination of patience and persistence
  • Establish a culture of optimism
  • Inspire your team to break through self-imposed obstacles
  • Elevate execution, elevate excellence
  • Help others work in their sweet spot
  • Build leadership success on significance instead of prominence

The Power of a Winning Mindset: Change Your Mindset. Change Your Results.

What do all remarkable people and organizations have in common? They’ve discovered the power of a winning mindset. Mindset is defined as a mental attitude that predetermines a person’s response and interpretation of a situation. The foundation for constructing winning results is a winning mindset! Read More >

The beliefs we have about our talent, potential, and opportunities have a tremendous influence on how we perform. As a result, we rarely achieve more or become more than we believe we can. Why? This is because our mindset directs our behavior, which dictates our motivation, and ultimately determines our outcomes. A winning mindset produces results. A mediocre mindset produces excuses, which will often make you see yourself as a victim. Mindset determines how you will perform when it matters most.

The most important capacity you have is the capacity to choose your mindset. A winning mindset is something that can be learned, changed, and leveraged. It creates a self-belief that unlocks your potential, passion, and purpose.

Here are six valuable ways to make a Winning Mindset your competitive advantage: Read Less ^

  • Let go of self-limited thinking
  • Understand why consistency matters more than ability
  • Always see yourself as a victor, never a victim of your circumstances
  • Develop the courage to embrace the unknown and discover possibilities
  • Choose to think better and win from the inside out
  • Believe you can, execute a plan, and achieve success

Winning Through Change: How to See Chance as Opportunity

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal?” In today’s rapidly changing world, normal is not behind us, it’s ahead of us! Read More >

Constant change is here to stay, and depending on how we view it, it can be overwhelming or an opportunity. For organizations to win through change, they must continually adapt, transform, and reinvent. As a result, “We have always done it that way” is no longer a viable philosophy for long-term success.

In this presentation, audience members will learn that because change is inevitable, winning is possible. This mindset allows them to benefit from the enormous opportunity for success that change presents. They won’t feel defeated by the change in their work; instead, they will find ways to leverage change.

You can count on Roger Crawford to inspire your team and help them build a winning perspective! When faced with changes, they will see possibilities appear, embrace them, and achieve positive results.

Here are some actionable ideas to help your team Win Through Change: Read Less ^

  • Expect, Accept, and Leverage change with a new perspective
  • Develop a forward to normal success mindset
  • To build fortitude, the first step is to embrace the facts
  • Focus on what you can control
  • In a world of constant change, you can’t excel with yesterday’s thinking
  • Instead of waiting for change to happen, make it happen