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Business Lessons Learned from the Olympic Games: Add Value

Here’s to the Olympic competitors that have triumphed through great adversity, who have faced defeat and who have gotten up each day to start again with renewed vigor. We will be watching. We will be cheering you on. We will be captivated by your stories, we will feel your losses and we will celebrate your wins. We share the belief that it is never too late to dream. Let the games begin!

7. If you’re gonna be in the game, add value

Olympic athletes lead forward, they contribute to their team with desire to add value to the collective victory of their teammates, their community and their nation. With so many voices in today’s “socialnomic” business culture, people want to feel that your contribution is going to authentically help their lives work better, their businesses run with greater efficiency, creativity, & productivity, and inspire them to achieve the unthinkable. When the team wins, everyone else wins, too.

In 2008, Michael Phelps was going for a record eight gold medals. His first final was the men’s 4 x 100 relay. The US team was well behind going into the final leg, but Jason Lezak overtook Frenchman Alain Bernard in one of the most thrilling finishes in Olympic history. The US won the gold, and Michael Phelps ended up winning his 8 gold medals, thanks in large part to Lezak.