Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’
They’re over. Done! Kaput! Finito! The London 2012 Olympics are history, sadly. For they were: “happy and glorious games,” according to IOC President Jacques Rogge. And for generations to come, we will all remember where we were in the summer of ‘12. The summer our little island welcomed 200 countries, 14,700 athletes, 21,000 media and over 100 heads of government and heads of state from across the world.
And we delivered.
What will the Olympic legacy be?
Now, our attention turns to the future, and legacy-making. Already there is one noticeable legacy. The number of organisations piggy backing on the Games: “Use us, and you too can enjoy that gold medal feeling,” is the message. Have you seen them too? Read the rest of this entry »
I was watching an interview with the Olympic cycling team’s coach following the amazing success of Sir Chris Hoy’s gold medal, and when asked how they continued to make improvements on what was already an outstanding performance, his answer was simple: “Make small changes.”
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? In principal it is. The coach gave examples of these “small changes” – one of which was ensuring good hand hygiene, aiming to prevent the team members from picking up infections, becoming ill or missing training.
Old habits create the same results
This reminded me of a talk I recently attended by another Olympian, Ben Hunt-Davis. Coming up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Ben was in the rowing 8’s and the team was consistently coming in 6th or 7th in the world – not a bad achievement for most of us, but they wanted more. They decided that if they continued doing what they had been doing, they would continue to get the same result, so they started to challenge themselves to do things differently. With every decision, they asked themselves one question: ‘Will this make the boat go faster?’ If the answer was no, they didn’t do it. Small changes made a big difference, and they ended up winning gold. Read the rest of this entry »
The biggest sporting event of the year is kicking off on the 27 July, and organisations have been busy making sure that sufficient processes and procedures are in place so that business can carry on as normal.
But it should not stop there. As the Olympics kick off, HR professionals have a huge opportunity to make their mark and use this as a way to drive change and demonstrate how investing in the health and wellbeing of staff can improve business performance. From a business and individual perspective, the timing is perfect to push the importance of health, energy and performance. Here are some simple steps to help you implement a wellbeing programme that will improve the performance of your business:
There’s been a lot of speculation about how the Olympics might affect business in July and August. At Oakleaf, we were keen to understand how our clients were planning to manage their own hiring needs, and whether they might require interim support for particular teams as a result of increased employee absence.