Friday, September 21, 2012

What The 2012 London Olympics Taught US

This is one of my favorite pictures of the 2012 Olympic games. This shot was taken on London's Tower Bridge in east London. There were a lot of great things that came out of the Olympics, but for me watching athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas and the best on the beach Misty May and Kerri Walsh was inspiring and exciting. I caught myself staying up late cheering on my favorite Olympian to win the gold.

There were some great leadership lessons as well that came out of the these games. Each performance told a story with some great instructions to go with.

Like this one...

  • There is no could've, would'ev or should'ev; what matters is 100 percent effort. Think of the times you have had to burn the midnight oil to meet a deadline. There are endless excuses that present themselves all night long to tempt you to give up midway and call it a night. Yet as we saw at the Olympics, the will power to pull out all the stops along their path scripts the story of a champion. Take the example of Mary Kom, who won bronze medal in women's boxing. She is a mother to two young boys! Can you imagine the number of reasons she could list for not being able to focus entirely on her training? Instead, she blocked off all distractions and went all out. She emerged a winner on her son's birthday. No wonder she is also known as magnificent Mary. 

Vineet Nayar has 4 other fascinating takeaways that every leader needs to think through. Check out his takeaways.

Remember, there is no room for could'ev, would'ev or should'ev; what matters is your BEST effort.                                    

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