Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Welcome to Great Traits Academy

    • Hello and Welcome!

    • How To Use This Course

    • Your Great Traits Academy Workbook

    • A Couple of Quick Questions About YOU Before We Get Going!

  • 3

    Trait #1: Utilize Power of Thought

    • Trait Talk #1 - Utilize Power of Thought

    • Trait Presentation #1 - Utilize Power of Thought

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 4

    Trait #2: Ask Yourself Questions

    • Trait Talk #2 - Ask Yourself Questions

    • Trait Presentation #2 - Ask Yourself Questions

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 5

    Trait #3: Expand Your Perspective

    • Trait Talk #3 - Expand Your Perspective

    • Trait Presentation #3 - Expand Your Perspective

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 6

    Trait #4: Be Innovative

    • Trait Talk #4 - Be Innovative

    • Trait Presentation #4 - Be Innovative

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 7

    Trait #5: Make a Plan

    • Trait Talk #5 - Make a Plan

    • Trait Presentation #5 - Make a Plan

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 8

    Trait #6: Act Effectively

    • Trait Talk #6 - Act Effectively

    • Trait Presentation #6 - Act Effectively

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 9

    Trait #7: Go the Distance

    • Trait Talk #7 - Go the Distance

    • Trait Presentation #7 - Go the Distance

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

  • 10

    Trait #8: Generate Enthusiasm

    • Trait Talk #8 - Generate Enthusiasm

    • Trait Presentation #8 - Generate Enthusiasm

    • Your Downloadable Workbook

    • What have you learned?

    • Achievement

Course Syllabus

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Instructors

Co-Founder and Instructor

Mark Tewksbury

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as a record-breaking backstroke swimmer. His sixteen-year athletic career included 21 national titles, 7 world records, Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals, and a cover appearance on TIME magazine.

In 1988, following his return from the Seoul Olympics, Mark began his acclaimed speaking career. A born storyteller, Mark has inspired millions of people around the world for over 30 years. Mark’s career has been far-reaching; he has emceed for the Dalia Lama; spoken at the United Nations; and even hosted season one of Discovery’s How it’s Made.

In 1998, Mark was one of the first openly gay Olympic Champions in the world. For his work in gender inclusion and sexual diversity, Mark was awarded a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2019. In 2020, Mark was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his athletic excellence and sport leadership and championing equity, inclusion, and human rights, on and off the field of play.

Mark considers one of his greatest achievements to be creating Great Traits with his lifelong friend and ‘secret weapon’ coach, Debbie Muir. Mark and Debbie’s vast Olympic experience is distilled into the 24 Great Traits that, for over a decade, have created world class, high-performance training programs that have transformed people’s perspectives, actions, and lives forever.

Co-Founder and Instructor

Debbie Muir

Debbie Muir is one of the greatest coaches, ever, but you probably don’t recognize her name right away. That’s because Coach Debbie wouldn’t want all the fuss; she prefers to be behind the scenes creating the environment for everyone around her to be successful and, more importantly, to have fun along the way.

Debbie first rose to international acclaim as Head Coach of the Canadian national synchronized swimming team. Over a ten-year period, Debbie’s athletes won seven out of a possible nine world championship titles. In the debut of the sport at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Debbie’s swimmers left with 2 silver medals. Four years later, in Seoul, they came home with 2 Olympic gold medals and a place in history. Debbie was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Debbie is probably most proud of co-founding Great Traits and sharing her coaching approach to leadership with people from all walks of life. Debbie had an ‘aha’ moment when she realized you can train leadership the same way you can train an athlete. Through the signature Corporate Champions Program, business leaders across North America have done just that; followed a development pathway of practical actions that built leadership skills they have within them forever. With the launch of Great Traits Academy, in 2021, Debbie goes public for the first time with her unique coaching approach to training and development.