Learning from Competitive Sports

Have you ever wondered if the similarities between performing in Businesses & performing in Sports? Aren’t both about delivering results in a competitive setting? Are there lessons we could learn from professional athletes & sports that would be useful for helping career professionals in businesses?
Jim Loehr a Performance Psychologist and Tony Schwarz, a thought leader researched this question and came up with following thought-provoking observations
Hi-performers in the Sports World Hi-performers in the Corporate World
Active career of ~ 10 Years Active Career of ~ 40 years
Train 90% & Perform 10% of the time. Perform >90% & Train <10% of the time.
Training is systematic, focused, customized & precise Training is sporadic and rarely focused or customized or precise.
Manage their “Energy” Manage their “Time”
A planned approach to “Recover Energy” No plan to “Recover Energy”
World Class nutrition, exercise, sleep & rest Poor diet, little exercise or sleep or rest

They then go on to suggest that leaders like you, see your high potentials, as Athletes in the Corporate World and provide the following inputs.

1. Train them systematically the way World Class Athletes are trained.
2. Encourage them to Manage their energy, not just time. Give due importance to recovering & renewing energy, too.
3. Get them to focus on all four levels of the Performance Pyramid; Physical, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual. (Remarkably similar to Lord Krishna, coaching & energizing a physically worn out, emotionally upset and mentally exhausted Arjuna in The Bhagwad Geeta)
How is your organization helping your hi-potentials train and perform as World Class Corporate Athletes? What more would you like your organization does for them?

– by Ravi Santhanam for Zeus

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    • Ravi Santhanam

      Ravi Santhanam

      August 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Good to learn that you find the proposed approach useful. Do let us know when you implement a similar approach as appropriate for your organization. Will be great learning for all of us!

  • Ravi Santhanam

    Ravi Santhanam

    August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Mahesh! Wonderful to know that the proportion of time on training, improves as you go up the ladder. Could you please describe this pattern a little more. Useful to all of us!


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