They also generate a few leadership lessons as well. In fact, follow me as I will be creating a daily blog on leadership lessons from the Olympic Games. These lessons will ideally help you become a more effective leader. You can follow on our website here.
One of the obvious past lessons is the importance of planning and preparing for individual success.
For many athletes’, individual success comes with winning the gold medal. Other athletes like American Al Oerter have different goals. Although he won 4 – gold medals in discus throw in 4 – consecutive Olympic Games (1956 – 1960 – 1964 – 1968), he once said “I didn’t set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.”
Olympic goals are important for individual success and then the athletes must plan, train and work every single day to achieve their goal.
Translating this to your professional development goals, let me ask you these 3- questions:
1. What is your target for individual success?
2. What does your professional development and growth plan look like?
3. Are you working on your skills in a way that will help you advance in your career?
My leadership tip this week is to be absolutely clear that you are executing an effective ‘rock-solid’ professional development plan.
If you don’t have a plan, please get one because you are unlikely to ‘win gold’ or advance in your career without one.
Many organizations do have individual development plans or personal improvement plans, but often they fall short of accomplishing their primary purpose.
In many cases, it seems we go through the motions but don’t take professional growth as serious as we should. I often see poor execution, weak follow up, no accountability, and other priorities get in the way … don’t let this be you – you deserve better. Get inspired by an Olympic athlete.
Having a ‘rock-solid plan’ is critical in winning the gold and for achieving career excellence … but you must execute your plan.