October 10, 2022

Our Team’s Top 5 Training Tables

Dani Cahn

Every Thursday morning, Team 1Huddle gathers around Zoom for Training Table, our in-house development program. 

For the past two years, CEO and Founder Sam Caucci has put together sessions based on everything from extraordinary stories of human endurance to words of wisdom from guest speakers, life coaches, and athletes. Each one is an opportunity to see our day-to-day roles at 1Huddle in a different light– to reconsider or reframe what challenges us, or what success means. 

Here below are our favorites:

  1. Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was an American sprinter who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. She faced incredible adversity in early life, including pneumonia, scarlet fever, and finally polio which left her partially paralyzed for most of her childhood. 

  • Lesson: Growth mindset and perseverance
  • What We Learned:
    • Bri: “Her resilience and ability to push through the struggle… Her entire story is super powerful and loved that she proved people wrong!”
    • Vanessa: “Wilma’s perseverance was amazing!”

  1. Greg Brown

Sam surprised the team with a Zoom call with Greg Brown, the former MLB Hitting Coach for the Chicago Cubs. Brown is now charged with overseeing the development of the Major League roster and infrastructure. He shared everything from what it was like growing up with 

  • Lesson: What greatness means
  • What We Learned:
    • Mike: “I liked his Coaching Philosophy: “I don’t want to change you, I want to grow you. He was also big on the Kaizen Philosophy of getting 1% better.”

  1. Mohammed Ali
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. Nicknamed “The Greatest”, he is regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century and is frequently ranked as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.

  • Lesson: Motivation
  • What We Learned
    • Oliver: “I liked how he created his own motivation. He had his bike stolen from in front of the gym he trained in. He worked really hard to earn that bicycle, and he never found it. So whenever he goes into a boxing round & looks at his opponent — he literally says to himself, “That’s the guy who stole my bicycle” to fire himself up.”

  1. Tom Sterner

Tom Sterner is the Founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute: Teaching the Power of the Present Moment, and the author of the book The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life. In a very special addition of Training Table, Tom spoke with us in person at 1Huddle’s HQ about staying present, why multitasking is impossible, and how true fulfillment requires finding “pleasure in the process.”

  • Lesson: Process > Outcome
  • What We Learned:
    • Rose: “Teaching the power of the present moment. Stay in the process of becoming the observer of your thoughts instead of being a puppet to your thoughts. I loved this training table so much that I bought his book.”

  1. Ernest Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton (February 15, 1874 – January 5, 1922) set out to achieve the first land crossing of Antarctica when their ship, the Endurance, became trapped in dense pack ice. Stranded for over 2 years, he and his 27 men camped out on the sea ice that had crushed their ship, drifting atop it until it disintegrated and they had to escape via lifeboat first to Elephant Island, then to South Georgia Island – a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles. 

That every single member of Shackleton’s crew survived was a testament not only to his incredible leadership skills but also to the trust they placed in him.

  • Lesson: Trust 
  • What We Learned:
    • Dana: “Shackleton’s growth mindset built a culture and environment around trust. Trust was the glue that kept them together and helped them survive out there on the ice– and it’s what keeps some of the most successful teams together today, winning and growing together despite tremendous odds.”

Training Table is a great time to come together and reflect as a team around shared values and principles. Got an idea for our next session? Email it to me at dani@1huddle.co!



About 1Huddle

1Huddle is a coaching and development platform that uses quick-burst mobile games to more quickly and effectively educate, elevate, and energize your workforce — from frontline to full-time.

With a mobile-first approach to preparing the modern worker, a mobile library of 3,000+ quick-burst employee skill games, an on-demand game marketplace that covers 16 unique workforce skill areas, and the option for personalized content, 1Huddle is changing the way organizations think about their training – from a one-time boring onboarding experience to a continuous motivational tool. 

Key clients include Loews Hotels, Novartis, Madison Square Garden, PIMCO, TAO Group, and the United States Air Force. To learn more about 1Huddle and its platform, please visit 1huddle.co.


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