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Lessons on Leadership, Diversity and Grit From the Life of Jim Thorpe

Guest: David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

In this episode of the HR Break Room® podcast, host Morgan Beard sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss to discuss Oklahoma native, athlete and sports legend Jim Thorpe.

Maraniss shares insights on workplace leadership, inclusion and determination he learned as he wrote the biography Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe.

Maraniss and Beard also touch on the values Thorpe demonstrated throughout his life and how he continues to inspire today as the namesake of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.

In this episode, Maraniss discusses:

  • perseverance as a leadership trait
  • the wide-reaching impact of Thorpe’s athletic career
  • Thorpe’s legacy as a pioneer of diversity and inclusion
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