The Chuck Wielgus Blog: " You Mean You Weren't a Swimmer?"
Sometimes when I meet somebody for the first time they are surprised to find out that I was not a competitive swimmer. The conventional thinking is that anybody responsible for leading an Olympic sports governing body must have been a competitor in that particular sport at one time.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pierre de Coubertin’s Dream
Shortly after the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, I signed on as the executive director for the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team. I spent almost two quads leading this NGB, and it was, for me, a great education about international sport.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Summer of Champions
In my role as executive director, it’s important that while I focus on what we do to grow the sport of swimming, I also stay on top of what is happening with other sports. It’s especially important that I follow what other sports are doing to market themselves to the general public. In this way, I’m able to work with our staff to ensure that we are constantly looking for ways to learn from others and better promote our own sport of swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Swim City U.S.A.
From June 26 to July 3 the eyes of the sporting world will turn to Omaha, Nebraska -- aka “Swim City U.S.A.” – for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Ray Essick
American Swimming said goodbye to a lion recently, with the passing of Ray Essick. Ray was USA Swimming’s first Executive Director, assuming the role in 1980.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Morning Swim
Recently, I was in Washington DC on USA Swimming business. The day’s meeting wrapped up around 1:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, so I rented a car and drove up to Philadelphia to spend the weekend with my two sons and four grandkids.
Chuck Wielgus Blog: Be Nice
I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of athletes from many different sports. Some of these athletes have been arrogant and self-centered, and some have been humble and thoughtful. How an athlete acts will be how people will judge him or her. That’s only natural.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Our Core Objectives & Cultural Values
The senior staff leadership team at USA Swimming is hard at work putting together the business plan for the next quad (2017-20). The 2020 Business Plan will provide an outline of the goals and strategies that we, as an organization and individuals, will be working toward.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Consistency & Performance
It’s not too often that you’ll see a story about a high school swim team on an early evening network news show, but that’s just what happened recently as I sat at my kitchen counter and watched the 6:00 p.m. national news.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Planning & Management: Job One!
I eat lunch in the dining hall at the Olympic Training Center once a week. It’s a great place to bump into people and informally chat; and that is exactly what happened a few days ago when I found myself in the food line just ahead of Michael Phelps.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A New Year's Letter to USA Swimming Member Coaches
USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus wrote a New Year's letter to USA Swimming member coaches.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Performance Reviews
Like in most aspects of life, when looking at the year-end performance review its perspective depends on how an individual chooses to view it. Some may look at it as a time-consuming onerous exercise that “checks the box” and just needs to be done. Or you can positively engage the opportunity for improved communications, renewed goal-setting and honest self-critique.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pathways to Success
When it comes to working at USA Swimming, I regularly advise staff members that there are three ways to have a long career with our NGB: solve problems; generate new revenue; take us to new places.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Legends at the Pool
I’ve recently returned from Irvine, CA, site of the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. It was a spectacular event, with a great team of veterans and rookies assembled and now in Australia readying for the coming Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Athlete Safety Front and Center in Independent Review
This afternoon, a report was released entitled “When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program.” This meticulous report was conducted with unfettered access by the Gunderson National Child Protection Training and its executive director Victor Vieth and his team. It is an independent and objective view of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program and includes validation of things we have done, areas to improve, as well as criticisms of USA Swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Bit of History About the Duel in the Pool
A group of 34 U.S. swimmers are currently in Glasgow, Scotland getting ready to compete at the 6th Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. This edition of the Duel in the Pool will feature Team USA vs. European All-Stars from 15 countries, and it is shaping up to be a highly competitive meet. But the history of this meet goes back to the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney, Australia.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Be Like Mike
When it comes to business leadership, an effective CEO must be surrounded by talented and loyal co-workers. It sounds simple enough, but the reality of attracting and retaining top of the line talent is far from easy.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Flip That Wasn't A Flop
Dick Ebersol and the story behind the U.S TV Broadcast of Swimming at the Beijing Olympic Games
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Juggling Act
I recall my father saying, “Don’t do business with your friends, but make friends with everyone with whom you do business.” Personal friendships and business friendships are very different. Over the course of my career I’ve always kept my dad’s advice in mind and have worked hard at cultivating positive business friendships.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Lesson the American Way
You learn from your mistakes. There is great truth in this old adage, and based on this I have learned quite a bit during my journey in sports. Much of the success we have had on the business side of USA Swimming, I attribute to learning from mistakes earlier in my career.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: My First Swimming Lesson
The Woodstock Recreation Center had two outdoor pools, one of which was a 6-lane, 25-yarder. This small town of 3,000 people had never had a swim team before, and I had been told that previous attempts to start a team had failed. “We never had enough kids sign-up,” was what I was told.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Conventional Thinking
The U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention is being held this week in Garden Grove, CA. More than 1,000 people representing synchronized swimming, diving, masters and swimming will be attending, with the majority of these people coming from the 59 Local Swim Committee’s that make-up the national swimming infrastructure.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Reading Between the Headlines
Perception is reality, and never more so than in today’s high-tech world. Taking a complex subject and boiling it down to 140 characters can leave a lot of uncovered ground and create an open road for misinformation that leads to misinterpretation.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Safe Sport
Over the past few weeks there have been two extremely important developments in the fight against sexual abuse in youth sports programs.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Team Behind the Team
Like so many others, I’m watching the World Championships in Barcelona with great interest to see how Team USA performs against the best in the world. The World Championships are especially interesting in the year following the Olympic Games because this is when we start to see some new faces. There are 17 rookies on the 51-member team we sent to Barcelona, and no matter the results this is the kind of racing experience that will help each ready themselves for the future.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Stakes In The Ground
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of responses I received to my first blog. One of the suggestions I received was to spend some time writing about my management style and things I’ve learned along the way.