Archive for the ‘London 2012’ Category

London 2012 Olympic debrief and the lessons for business

What a fantastic seventeen days. Oh how I would love to be a fly on the wall and witness the discussions at the debrief meeting with Seb Coe and his team. It will probably go down as the one of the best performance review meetings ever held in the UK. Why? because it’s all good news and despite the moans and groans from the sceptics and cynics beforehand, LOCOG delivered their vision promised way back in 2005. To quote Coe in the closing ceremony ‘We did it right!’ – and didn’t we just. A record haul of medals, finishing third [...]

Posted by johnstein on August 15th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 6 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – ownership

The excitement is palpable. An event that has been years in the planning is nearly here. London 2012 starts in a matter of hours, and with that, it is time for us to consider ownership, the sixth and final stage of the winning formula journey. Ownership is the most important stage of any journey. It relates to personal accountability, and so by its nature cannot be forced on people. It is the ultimate cultural goal of all leaders. Without it, success is impossible. At London 2012, ownership will have been achieved if all participants, from committee members to Games Makers [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 27th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 5 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – protecting the Games

We are a week away from the London 2012 Olympics, and with one notable exception, things are looking good. There have been many successes so far; the infrastructure is complete, the torch journey has galvanised the nation, the athletes have arrived and settled in without a hitch. Stage five of the winning formula journey is about development – protecting the success to date and allowing it to continue despite potential growing pains or unforeseen circumstances. Within an organisation that would mean protecting the systems, processes and people that are in place. For London 2012, it means protecting the Olympic ideal, [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 20th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 4 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – making it happen

During the previous three stages of the London 2012 Olympic journey, we looked at convincing people why they should start the journey, identifying the challenges, plotting a route map to navigate the path, and using cultural architects to help keep people engaged. Now we are at the business end. It’s time for the hard work to start. We have put everything in place and now we have to perform. And that can only be done if leaders can create the right climate – a climate in which all participants are motivated and able to perform at their very best. This [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 13th, 2012 under High Performance Working, Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 3 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – engaging others

All good (and sometimes bad) things come in threes. So with three weeks to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, it’s time to look at stage three of the London 2012 Olympic journey, noting three specific points. Engagement – why is it important? Stage three is all about engagement – essentially getting buy-in and commitment to the journey. This becomes increasingly important the longer the journey. While some may last months, others will be years. The London 2012 Olympic journey became high profile in 2005 with the winning of the bid, but it had started many months [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 6th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 2 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – plotting the course

Last month I wrote a blog on the start of the Olympic journey, the first of the winning formula stages to be applied in order to achieve spectacular success at London 2012. This blog focuses on stage two – the need for a route map. Why a route map? To take people on a journey, you need to know the size of the task, and the number of people involved, in order that you have the measure of what is required. The Olympics and Paralympics Games is the world’s largest peace-time event. The Games will involve 14,000 athletes from 205 [...]

Posted by johnstein on June 29th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 1 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – what’s in it for me?

The Olympic torch has arrived in the UK, and Olympic fever is starting to take hold in Britain. The journey that began in 2003 with the formation of the bid team is drawing ever closer to its destination – London 2012. Judging by the rapturous reception each torchbearer meets, it is going to be a huge success. But that has not happened by chance. Clients and supporters of the winning formula will know that there are six stages – areas of leadership and people focus  – that help everyone connected with an ambitious organisation , whatever the journey, arrive at [...]

Posted by johnstein on May 28th, 2012 under Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula  •  No Comments

The final countdown to the Olympics

We have now passed the 100-day mark for the 2012 Olympics. The final countdown is on. The journey is almost over. And what a journey it has been. It was back in 2003 that the bid team was first formed, and there followed two long years of campaigning and planning before London was announced as the host city in July 2005. And then another seven years of hard graft in terms of finance, logistics, planning, construction, PR… the list goes on, to get us to where we are now –within sight of the finishing line. Unlike several of our predecessors, [...]

Posted by johnstein on April 26th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey  •  No Comments

How to compete in the Olympics

Spirit, challenge, performance, endeavour. If we were playing word associations, I bet Olympics would be next on the list – not just because of the obvious links between the athletes and the event, but because, even though we are still a few months away, the press and PR machine for “the greatest show on earth” is in full steam, and the Olympics is already firmly in the nation’s psyche. Global corporations are aware of the power of the Olympic message and its association with high performance, which is why they are prepared to spend millions of pounds in sponsorship to [...]

Posted by johnstein on March 9th, 2012 under High Performance Working, London 2012  •  No Comments