Wow! There are so many adjectives that came to mind as I watched the US Olympic Women’s gymnastics team make history. But what truly stood out to me was the sage advice the Final Five have to offer not only to women leaders, but to all of us who strive for greatness and approach the work we do with the fierce tenacity that these 5 young women have.
PEAK PERFORMANCE ADVICE FROM THE FINAL FIVE
Tip #1 – Specialize – don’t generalize
In today’s business world of doing more with less, we are often expected to not only excel in our own role, but also some that may be outside of our wheelhouse. While this may be seem like a strategic business decision, it’s a nearsighted and lack-minded approach.
We all have areas of strengths, and ideally should only be in roles where we excel.
Each member of the USA women’s gymnastics team is an extraordinary athlete and could – no doubt – run track, swim their hearts out, and kick a soccer ball down the field. But they “stay in their lane.”
They’re champions because they specialize in what they do, deepen their knowledge through consistent practice, and become the best in the world because of it.
Tip #2 – Reset your standard of excellence
Often times, when we get overwhelmed and feel like we’re buried under an endless to-do list, we lose our steam and settle for work that’s very good instead of excellent. We feel like we’ve got to move on to the next thing quickly, which causes us to lower our usual standard to keep the flow going.
If any of the Final Five settled for very good, none of them would have even made the Olympic team. What would it take for you to reset your standard of excellence? To not settle for anything less? I mean serious TENACITY!
Here’s a simple strategy from my coach that helps me maintain that standard of excellence:
- What is the vision you have for ______________________?
- What does it look like when it’s done and done well?
- Create a bullet pointed list of at least 10 things.
- What obstacles could get in the way of you accomplishing your goal?
- Then coach yourself by identifying HOW you would overcome those obstacles.
The second question, “What does it look like when it’s done and done well?” will often give you much more clarity on how to proceed because you can see farther down the horizon to envision what needs to be done.
Tip #3 – Develop Resilience in the Face of Rejection
Gabby Douglas won the all around in 2012 and then didn’t even qualify for the all around this time.
We’ve all been in a position where we were the lead on a key project, in charge of strategic direction, managing stakeholders, executing the communication plan and ensuring the project met all objectives. However, most of us have also been in a position where we were the star on one project and then not even considered for the next one. How do you handle it? Do you still show up as a team player and give it your all and offer your insight?
Resilience is an essential attribute of leadership.
These five young women have managed to entertain and enthrall us, and become great role models. Advice can come from anywhere if we become aware of it. What piece of advice have you received that helped you become a more effective leader? What did you learn from it? #advicethatsticks