You can stand on the Olympic podium!

2014-02-15T11:22:00Z You can stand on the Olympic podium!Larry Galler Times Business Columnist
February 15, 2014 11:22 am  • 

Along with many millions of others, I’ve been glued to the television watching the amazing spectacle that is the Olympics.

The grace and beauty, the adrenaline rush, the speed, the danger, the drama all come together in competition that is won and lost in mere fractions of seconds – tenths, hundredths, and even thousandths of a second separate winners from also-rans. I’m addicted to it.

Aside from watching the competition, I’m particularly interested in how the athletes train their minds and bodies to meet the rigors of sports at the world-class level. The years devoted to preparation, honing every movement, even the extension of a figure skater’s pinkie finger and their amazing work ethic all with one aim, one goal in mind – to stand at the top of the podium with a medal hanging from their neck and a huge smile on their face.

Sure, it would be easy to sleep in instead of going to the gym to gain strength or hit the road for a training run, but those world-class athletes would no more sleep an extra hour then they would eat foods that would increase their waistline and weaken them. They are motivated and focused on success at sports they love and have committed years of their lives to.

Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to inspire your company to maybe one-tenth of that level of motivation and commitment? Wouldn’t the outcome be worth the effort?

It can be done, but it takes your motivation and commitment to lead by example and start it off. Realize that, in one way, sports are easier than business – the goals are pre-defined. Ski faster. Skate with more grace while doing a flip. The athletes know what is required. Their coaches develop strategies and inspire their athletes to accomplish their goals. You can do it also.

Create real goals. Establish a path to reach them. Develop rewards (a gold medal would be nice) for accomplishments. Cheer on your team. And your company will soon be on that podium smiling with pride at great accomplishments.

OK, everyone in the gym! I’ll be cheering for you.

Opinions are solely the writer's. Larry Galler, of Larry Galler & Associates, is a marketing and management consultant for small and mid-size companies. Get Galler’s new free special report – “Six Steps to Creating Your Culture of Excellence.” Send an email to, and put “Excellence” in the subject line.

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