I love the Olympic Games. And I know that I’m not the only one. What is this incredible draw? Is it country pride? I suppose that it is, to a certain extent. Is it the love of competition? Perhaps. But for me it’s the ability to watch the top of the top of the top performers in the world.
What if we as consultants honed our craft to the exquisite perfection of these Olympians? What if we spent every hour of our working day perfecting our performance? In my mind, this would make us virtually invincible when it comes to clients selecting their consulting team.
Today I watched as the women’s snowboard slopestyle final (won by Jamie Anderson of the U.S.) took a scary turn when Czech Republic rider Sarka Pancochova took a hard fall in her second and final run in the competition. I saw her lying on the ground unconscious and she failed to land an incredible jump. The crowd hushed; hearts stopped. Slowly she got up, dusted herself off, and skied to the sidelines to nurse her physical hurt and her intense disappointment.
Wrong! I watched incredulously as she slowly got up, dusted herself off, and finished the remainder of the course!
But wait. That’s not all. When the cameras zoomed in on her helmet, we saw a vicious crack in it. Without that helmet, that would have been Sarka’s skull. She finished the run with a throbbing head, or maybe even a nasty concussion.
But wait. That’s not all. When the results were announced, she was fifth place overall. In a world-class competition, where each competitor snowboards only two runs down the course, she still came in fifth!
Ah those Czechs. A hardy breed. (Did I mention that I’m Czech? But I digress.)
Can you imagine that if we developed our consulting skills to such a degree, even if we made a major mistake on a job for our client, the client would still get an impressive end-product. That would be world-class consulting indeed.
I love the Olympics. They remind me to stop and consider what I am doing every day to continuously improve in my ability to help my clients.
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