Going For Gold – What We Can Learn From Team GB’s Success



What an enthralling and unforgettable Olympic Games Rio has been for Team GB. Currently second in the medal table, with Gold medals in Golf, Tennis, Cycling, Gymnastics, Dressage, Rowing and Diving to name but a few, Team GB have already beaten their pre-Olympics medal target of 48.

As we sit glued to our screens for the final days of Rio 2016, it’s worth taking a moment to ask ourselves what lessons we can learn from Team GB to help us raise our game in the business world.


Love What You Do

Whether it’s Mo Farah’s commitment to running or Helen Glover and Heather Stanning’s dedication to rowing – all the athletes in Team GB share a passion for what they do. As the saying goes, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” and this holds true in whatever field you work. The secret of true happiness is finding work that engages and fulfils you on a daily basis.


Believe In Yourself

To become a World-Class athlete, you need to believe in yourself and you ability to compete at the highest level. Team GB are riding high on a wave of confidence with Jason Kenny equalling Chris Hoy’s record of six Olympic gold medals and Laura Trott becoming the first British woman to win four gold medals. Self-belief is just as important in the business world. It takes hard work, practise and commitment to unlock your commercial confidence, drive your performance and achieve real business results.


Remember There’s No I In Team

Bradley Wiggins was clearly emotional when he spoke of the importance of training and working as a team after winning the Gold in the Team Pursuit. Every athlete in Team GB relies on the support of coaches, physios and their team members to help them become the very best that they can be. They constantly raise the bar by adopting a process of “Plan Do Review” to achieve their personal best. Mentoring and coaching are equally powerful resources in the commercial world. By working with you team and following the Plan Do Review principle, you will be able to hone your skills, measure your performance and drive business success.


Persevere In The Face Of Adversity

Rower Katherine Grainger has called her silver the “adversity medal” after defying the odds and returning to rowing following a two-year break. Gymnast Max Whitlock has been plagued with ill health since contracting glandular fever in 2015 but didn’t let this stand in his path to Olympic glory. The ability to bounce-back from hard knocks is one of the key traits of successful people. So when next things don’t go your way – perhaps you lose a deal or fail to close that sale – be inspired by Team GB and pick yourself up, take the learnings and move forward.


With five days until Rio 2016 draws to a close, we should all commit to keep raising our game and following Team GB’s shining example as they continue to inspire, delight and exceed all expectations in their quest for excellence.

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