Over the Wall
Over The Wall Thinking is a teamwork, innovation and organizational change series developed and taught by Andy Papathanassiou. Andy is a Stanford University master’s graduate who has been involved in NASCAR racing since 1991. His coaching, team-building and innovation talents have helped transform the industry and been part of hundreds of wins and multiple championships with Hendrick Motorsports for decades.
Andy Papathanassiou takes us into this world starting with his personal story and how his career in NASCAR began, oddly enough, by breaking the law! How passion overcomes obstacles and makes things happen. He talks about the make-up of highly successful teams. Whether it's pit crews, sales teams or groups that come together to accomplish any goal, the characteristics of successful teams are universal. Andy discusses leadership and the role of the individual. He coined the term, "Over The Wall Thinking," to describe his philosophy. Over The Wall Thinking focuses on the athletic mindset. It doesn't matter if you know anything about or participated in competitive sports such as racing. It doesn't even matter if you like sports at all. The cognitive building blocks of competitive athletics give each of us the ability to lead a more engaged, successful and happier life.
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What I Can Do
The Over the Wall program can be delivered through three stand-alone yet integrated methodologies - keynote address, OTW team building seminar and on-site consulting.
The world is composed of teams – Executive teams, management teams, project teams, personal and social teams – teams get stuff done! Listen to Andy Papathanassiou share his personal story about overcoming adversity, pursuing dreams, changing an industry and winning in the ultra-competitive and team oriented world of professional sports.Watch Video
Over The Wall thinking brings an athletic mindset to any group or organization. It's not about high 5's or locker room speeches. Motivation comes from within by relying on a proven system to tackle projects and assignments - A powerful and long lasting lesson that participants get to explore for themselves.Watch Video
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Develop a highly successful, hyper-productive, happy, sustainable culture for your team or organization by basing it on Andy Papathanassiou’s Over The Wall Thinking. Solve problems the way successful athletes do. Bring Over The Wall Thinking to your organization.Contact Us
Who I Work With
We've worked with teams from large corporations, race teams, small businesses and everything in between! Bring Over The Wall Thinking to your organization.
What They Say
Director of Marketing
" Whether we had a working knowledge of racing or not, Andy's discussion engaged the audience of both men and women and related it to the critical strategies to win in business. His basic philosophy empowered 120+ employees to rethink how we approach our roles to drive results. "
David Voss, Jr.
" Andy's presentation was inspiring, thought-provoking and motivating and the interactive element went a long way to keep our attendees both active and engaged. We have an extremely competitive group and the pit crew challenge did not disappoint. More importantly though, there was always a tie back to the importance of communication, collaboration, teamwork and strategic thinking. "
" Andy surpassed even his wonderful presentation of last year! We had about thirty participants at the live presentation and many more via teleconference with our thirty-two offices. His material helped show how teamwork enhances not only job productivity but safety as well. "
Chief of Cardiology
" Like many teams, we often find ourselves "figuring it out on the fly" how to best work together in real time. The exercise that you led us through had nothing directly to do with medical care, ironically had everything to do with medical care. The exercise reinforced the principle that performance matters and that concept is not routinely manifest throughout the practice of medicine today. "
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute
Project Director – Corporate Services
" When all was said and done my attendees came away from the exercise with new relationships and an understanding of teamwork that they can take back to their businesses. If our members, a group of individuals who run multi-million dollar companies can find value in this exercise, I guarantee your attendees will too! "
Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
Professor of Management Science and Engineering
" It was one the coolest design thinking exercises because they learned so much so fast, it was so much fun, and Andy did such a fantastic job of leading them through the exercise. We are getting Andy back to Stanford as often as we can for executive programs and school classes -- he is fantastic. "
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