This week the PyeongChang Olympics have the Canadian Women’s Curling Team facing challenges we, as Canadians, are not used to seeing. Skip Homan and her team lost their first three games and then began to turn things around. In contrast, the Men’s team, skipped by Koe, won 4-straight before a losing skid.
To help add some support and words of encouragement, Mike Babcock, former Team Canada Coach for Men’s Hockey in Vancouver and Sochi phoned the women curlers.
What we do and what they do is exactly the same thing. The ability to execute under pressure is so important. You think it’s going to go good and it doesn’t go good. You have to find a way to grind.
I always tell people the difference between good and great is your passion and your ability to stick with it. Keep grinding. To me that’s what champs do.
As business leaders, Babcock’s words are wise ones for us to follow as well. How many times have you faced obstacles in your business? In my 25 years, I have weathered the economic ups and downs, shifts in client demands, lost revenue due to extended medical leave and more. Yet, no matter what situation seems to step in my way I find a way to grind it out and come out better and stronger.
As an Executive Coach, I am often asked to work with business leaders to tap their true potential so they too can grind through adversity. The advantage of working with me, is the ability to look at situations with different perspectives, run scenarios and optimize the solutions. Together we become a team with a goal and the passion and determination to overcome the challenge and create a new outcome.
As Michael Jordon once said:
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
The one thing we know is that Olympians have worked long and hard, navigated large and small obstacles and rise above them to be the best they can be. Most importantly they haven’t faced these challenges alone. They have a team surrounding them — coaches, family, friends, team mates and supporters.
In business, our own success requires we face adversity with the same dedication and persistence to learn, grow and deliver on our goals. It also requires us to create a team that is there to support us, work with us and teach us. The route we take to get there may have to be adjusted or take a little longer, yet dedication and perseverance and a strong team can be the difference maker.
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
Executive Coaching offers leaders the ability to add to their support team. In fact, an Executive Coach can assist you in fostering better performance so you grow, learn and lead effectively. It can also help you develop high-performers on your team. Book a call to explore how we can assist you and your team.