Insights and the Olympics

Insights and the Olympics

On February 7, 2014 the world will gather again for the Winter Olympic Games.  It has been 30 years since I competed in the Olympics for Canada, and although it was years ago, it feels like yesterday as memories flood back again, allowing me to reflect on the experience – and how lucky I was…

I feel the work we do now at Insights is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the Olympic Games. Take the Olympic flag, it was designed by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and has rings of red, yellow, green, and blue…  and black, on a white background. This was meant to represent at least one colour from every flag in the world.   It speaks to the diversity of humankind.  Insights Discovery also incorporates these colours, and is designed to unite people by allowing an understanding of differences to be the foundation on which better collaboration and self awareness are built.  Also the five rings represent the five inhabited continents. Insights Learning & Development now proudly has an office on every one of those continents, providing services in over 20 languages.

I often ask participants in my sessions to give me a show of hands as to who in the room thinks they could be on an Olympic team.  Often only a few brave dreamers raise their hands.  Then I ask, “What do you think it takes to be on an Olympic team?” (Answer this yourself for a minute before reading on…)

The answers to this question are often things like; Passion, Commitment, Teamwork, Dedication, Perseverance, Hard work, Determination, Focus, Trust, and Sacrifice.  Then I ask the simple question, “Are these skills or attitudes?”  Look back, – they are all attitudes… So logically it is more about the attitude that you bring to your world, than the skill that you have.

So the answer is that all of us can complete on an Olympic team – OUR Olympic team (at work and elsewhere) it all depends on your attitude.

–          Alan Maclachlan, President, Insights Toronto

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