If the only legacy we get from the Olympic Games is a sense of renewed competitiveness in the Country – it will have all been worthwhile.
My old Partner in my Walker Walton Hanson days used to wax lyrical about the parallels between sport and business. He was firmly of the view that there were many lessons we could learn from sport. Team games being the principle one – but also the desire to win.
Most peoples businesses rely on people individually to perform, but also to generate synergy from working together. Team sports do this. You can learn about pulling together as a team.
My biggest beef for many years about sport in schools is this suggestion that ‘it’s the taking part that counts’. No it’s not. Do you think Usain Bolt or Mo Farah wanted to take part in the Olympics in London – or do you think they wanted to crush the opposition? They wouldn’t have done the latter had they opted for the former.
And it’s no different in business – do you want to come second in a tender pitch for a new job? There are no prizes in business for taking part. You don’t get silver or bronze. We don’t all get a prize for playing!
I’m not sure there’s much flesh on the bone of this headline yet – but a change in mindset would be a good start!
I hear that Cameron has woken up to this at last – and is minded to get rid of this culture that there are no winners and losers at sports day. “We are all winners’ is complete twaddle. It doesn’t reflect the real world.