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Let's Build a superteam

Find Better Leaders. Forge a Stronger Culture.


I'm Sam Walker, and I'm here to help you build an enduringly successful team. As an author, keynote speaker and strategist, I've worked with dozens of high-performing organizations from professional sports teams and large corporations to elite military units to help them achieve their goals. I've built my practice on two decades of research and data modeling, extensive hands-on experience and a passion for helping people experience the unique thrill of a great collective effort.

My methods are based on my book, The Captain Class, which was a collective profile of the men and women who led the greatest dynasties in the history of sports.

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The Captain Class

A bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports—named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail, and Sports Illustrated


Super Bowl Champion NFL Team

Sam works closely with the general manager and scouting and coaching staff of the Los Angeles Rams. He helped to develop a proprietary assessment process for identifying leadership candidates in the NFL draft.

Leading U.S. Surgical Hospital

Sam helped the incoming CEO assemble a balanced and effective physician-led executive team.

Leading Hedge Fund

Sam worked with a major division of the fund to help refine the criteria it uses to identify high-potential managers.

Big Four Consulting Firm

Sam worked with senior leadership to help them incorporate diversity into decision-making around culture and teambuilding.

US Navy Aircraft Carrier

Sam visited the USS Eisenhower ahead of a major deployment and works with the commanding officers to help them improve their collaboration and strengthen the ship’s culture and morale.

Elite U.S. Military Command

Sam has addressed the top commanders and observed and analyzed how elite U.S. special forces units select and assesses team leaders.

U.S. National Sports Team

Sam has served as a faculty member for coaching seminars for the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation. He advises Gregg Berhalter, manager of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, as he works to build and refine the culture and leadership dynamics of one of the world’s youngest national teams.

Federal Law Enforcement Agency

Sam addressed senior leadership in Washington and visited field offices to discuss the traits of elite leaders and the cultures of institutional dynasties.

Major Military Combat Division

Sam visited the First Marines at Camp Pendleton to address the Division’s commanding officers and discuss his research on emerging generational differences in leadership. 

NCAA Champion Men’s Soccer Team

Sam worked with the coaches and player leaders to help them develop a more effective and efficient team leadership dynamic.

No.1-Ranked College Football Team

Sam addressed the twice-undefeated University of Michigan football team before they voted for team captains to help them better understand the profile of an elite team leader. 

NHL Team Captain

Sam worked closely with the incoming captain of a playoff-bound NHL team to help him better understand and refine his leadership approach.

Association of Hospital Executives

Sam worked with a group of elite surgeons in executive roles to help them understand their core leadership strengths and identify some leadership duties they might consider delegating.

Major Office and Business Supply Company

Sam has addressed the C-suite executives and worked with several departments and regional offices to help key managers improve their leadership skills and foster stronger and more cohesive teams.

Fortune 100 Company

Sam worked with the executive team from one of the most successful divisions of a global industrial conglomerate. He moderated an open discussion on how to improve cohesiveness and collaboration.

National Champion College Football Team

Sam worked with University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He addressed the football team before the players voted for team captains to help them better understand the traits and behaviors of elite team leaders. 

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