I've been gripped with Olympic fever for slimming 10 period. What an honour to watch the world's elite athletes pitting their decades-honed talents against each other. And the physiques on demonstration?. oh my! For me too, where getting athletes' victory-against-all-odds stories to parallel into my leadership development coaching. there was gift after gift!
There are obviously the 'she's the girl next door but super-disciplined' stories - like 800m swimmer Rebecca Adlington. As well as 'parents include success team' tales - as with Tom Daley (and his late father). However, workouts a BBC interview with Usain Bolt about 10 mins after his 100m final, 9.63-second victory that something gold really stood out for me.
Bolt was asked about his preparation since training module Olympics and also whether his 'slow start' off the blocks the worry. Bolt said 'Too many all of us have been posting on the significance of a good start. Races aren't won at the start - they're won in the bottom. I know my industry. I know what's required. I know how to execute. I felt never unsure that I would personally win for dinner. I remain preferred!'
This separated itself miles for me - the confidence, the clarity, the 'I know my business.' And it got me believing that as a world-number-one athlete Bolt capabilities skill set that even his coaches and advisers can't teach him. Adjusting the way as know their science, statistics and disciplined training programs they are not the race runners. There's only one world's fastest man and by definition he knows his business to a height, breadth, depth and detail continual business growth . he can - a number of of referring straight from his soul and will not be taught.
There are huge commonalities in that takes in order to become a 'world's greatest' in the sport - vision, discipline, success team (coaches, therapists, nutritionists, physios, sponsors), supportive family, pain tolerance, persistence and calm. There are also huge differences between the crafts of swimming, gymnastics and athletics, not to bring up the differences between individual athletes alone.
In leadership development, the parallels between sporting triumphs and professional excellence are extensive. The commonalities to drive a company, brand or team to victory include things like vision, discipline, a success team, share-holder support, risk taking, persistence and patience. However, success in retail has it's own refinements in comparison to success in information. Likewise, the elite in corporate banking possess a knowledge base entirely dissimilar to a multi-billion pound, started-from-scratch entrepreneur.
The 5 rings of olympian-success for leadership, within my opinion, are:
learn from those, who've gone before and those with specialist calcul. Read, train, be mentored, listen and apply. Knowledge sharing is fast-tracking.
keep a clear vision in your mind in most meeting, every conversation, every choice you make - if you are convinced your convincing as well as all require a fan roots. If you're not 100% clear, hire a coach and look clear.
determinedly invest the time. Success is about building experience, refining skills and arriving for the subsequent challenge. There's no short cut, no magic want, no quick fix - so, no excuses, get i'll carry on with it.
be kind to yourself. Every 'failure' is actually opportunity to find - and once we're transparent about our oversights we realise that everyone's been there, everyone's got scars and guides. and that's a good thing.
be patient and trust for the reward. I understand you desire to be CEO, or have your multiple-7-figure business at this moment. It's emanating. You're closer today than the day before. Relax about it and take pleasure in journey.
Take a lesson in confidence and clarity from Bolt and remind yourself: 'I know my career!'