Preparation is Key: On the Field and in the Boardroom

Has it really been four years since the last summer Olympics? It’s hard to believe but here we are once again on the eve of the Opening Ceremonies, sporting our team colors and boasting team pride. What is it about the Olympics that bring out such strong patriotism and loyalty?

For the next few weeks fans will be following the different sporting events and watching the touching back stories. In addition to seeing their teams win or lose, they’ll also be coming in to work with some important lessons learned. Synchronized swimming and beach volleyball may not necessarily seem like teaching-moments, but you’d be surprised.

Some things we’ve already learned even before the games begin:

  • Preparation is key. You can’t step onto a balance beam or a race track without practicing any more than you can step into a board meeting without preparing. Whether it’s months of practicing on the field or weeks of research and rehearsal, remember, practice makes perfect.
  • It’s all about teamwork. Yes, there may be some star players on your team but at the end of the day, it’s the combined efforts of all of your players that help you succeed.
  • The game or sport isn’t over until the clock runs out. Even if you miss the first putt or touchdown, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the game. It just means you have to work harder to achieve your goal.
  • The converse is also true. Just because you’re winning doesn’t mean you’ve won. You still have to show up and give it your all. Resting on your laurels is never in vogue.
  • However, sportsmanship is always in style.

Which events will you be watching and which do you think will provide teaching moments?

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