Watching the Olympic athletes, and those who coach them, these last few weeks has been fascinating, hasn’t it?
The stories of those who have pulled themselves up and through circumstances that seemed to point to no where – to become Olympic medal winners. Most of these athletes found a coach and mentor who believed in them to help them through the tough times. Someone who showed them the way.
The other group of athletes were those who came from what could be considered more privileged and protected circumstances.
Young men and women who started early with ‘lessons’ in their sport, coached and encouraged along the way by expert coaches. Enveloped in support (and money) by a steadfast team.
Yet, once in their arena of competition be it track, swimming or gymnastics – the playing field was even. Every competitor, no matter what their background, had all ‘made it’. Some by just fractions of seconds.
But here they were – IN the games.
Every athlete who makes it to ‘the games’ reflects the truest meaning of discipline and dedication.
And the knowledge, strength and commitment of the team that helped them to get there.
Do You Coach Winners?
As a manager, do you allow all of your people to be IN the game? Does your management style allow people to use their strengths – and become better employees – and human beings?
Coaching, encouragement, training and measuring the progress of every employee allows those with the most discipline and dedication to rise to the top.
You will always have people on staff who are ‘naturals’ – at sports, at art, at business, at just about anything.
And then there are the rest of us. Those who need a bit more of a ‘team’ behind them to win.
As managers, sometimes we tend to give out the medals to those to whom it all comes easily. Those who ‘get it’. Those who win the gold, silver and bronze every day.
But look a little further and you may find those contenders, those precious gems, who work just as hard but lag behind by fractions – yet their discipline and dedication is as resolute as the top guns on your team.
They are the backbone and strength of your organization.
Work with them. Coach them. Measure their progress. Their strength will be your strength. Their medals will be your medals.
Olympian coaches don’t get to stand on the platform and accept medals. But trust, that the next up and coming athlete will seek out the coach who took the medal winning athlete to stand on the podium and listen to the playing of their national anthem.
The best way for you to rise to the top is to help someone else do the same!
What are your practices for helping others get to the top? Which tools do you use for measurement? Please share below to help others.