#1. Why an Olympian-style devotion to winning is not as productive as it might seem
While Olympic athletes focus obsessively on their dreams of a gold medal, few of them spend time pondering the future beyond their sporting careers. In business, too, some of the most successful people devote all their time and effort in the pursuit of short-term glory, with little regard for a better long-term future.
Because their time is dedicated to training, and less to developing the skills they need to build a new life once they retire from sport, many athletes struggle to enter the workforce. The transition is made more difficult when they realise that their mantra of ‘always being the best they can be’ is not one shared by their new colleagues.
A more important lesson, perhaps, is that while a fixation on winning at any cost brings short term rewards, it’s not an effective strategy for being as creative and collaborative, nor as productive, as it is often perceived to be. Read more at the Financial Post