Business Execution: What We Learn From Olympic Athletes

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” which is offered to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

There is no better metaphor for business execution than the Olympics. The athletes work for years and years for a chance to, in a few brief moments, win a medal. Those who execute best win–assuming of course the judges don’t get in the way!

Imagine the thrill of being able to walk in the opening ceremony. That, by itself, is a tremendous victory. For many, the opening ceremony may be their greatest victory–only a tiny percentage of those who compete win medals.

And, so it is in business. Out of all the companies in the world, only a few make it into the Global 1000. Some move into the Global 1000 each year as others fall out. Great strategy and superb execution ensure that a company gets in and stays in.

Just like the athletes, the great companies never stop looking for ways to evolve their strategy and improve their execution. Superb execution can help you and your company thrive.

Thought for the week:

“You don’t learn to play the horn when it is in the case.”  – Rocco DiStasio, Dave Gardner’s trumpet teacher when Dave was 11 years old

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

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