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Extract lessons from the Olympics

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With the Olympics a few weeks away, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Who will win?”

Try positing a different question to your employees, “Why does it matter?”

Victory for its own sake has a certain satisfaction. But triumphing over adversity—or overcoming long odds to win a hotly contested game—can produce more lasting inspiration.

In this regard, the Olympics can provide an instructive motivational tool for workers. By holding informal discussions on what constitutes a winner—and which Olympic athletes represent the best in all of us—you and your employees can exchange ideas about peak performance.

Try this exercise: Ask workers to list the top five traits that they admire in a sports champion. As Olympic results trickle in, share news accounts of the victors—their back stories, obstacles, training regimen, etc.

Together, you can use the Olympics to ignite your team’s imagination as it aspires to greatness at work. A runner who overcomes a foot injury to win a medal may help your staffers put their daily setbacks in perspective.



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