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Habits of successful Olympians you can use to be more competitive at work

Habits of successful Olympians you can use to be more competitive at work

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The Fosbury Flop

At the 1968 Olympic Games, Dick Fosbury jumped over the high bar backwards. Until then, every Olympic high jump athlete had gone over forward. However, within eight years, 90% of high jumpers were going over the bar backwards, and today, every high jumper uses the "Fosbury Flop."

Th...

Make a list of all the initiatives you are using or considering. Then ask if you are successful, what impact will it have on your objectives? Divide them into the following categories:

  • Waste of time: These are difficult and have little impact. Direct y...

Design for continuous improvement

Olympic swimmers always swam to the wall, grab hold, and kick off to turn. In the 1936 Olympics, sixteen-year-old Vande Weghe developed an advantage by introducing a flip-turn, a smooth flip underwater to maintain momentum. He held the advantage for about a year until others started copying his m...

Leverage new technology

The best athletes and coaches use technological advancements to gain an edge. For example, new spikes on cleats help sprinters to run faster.

But the immediate performance gain is just the first step. Technology also opens the door to revise commonly-held approaches on how something...

Train your mindset to attempt new techniques

The flip-tun stayed the same from 1936 to 2015. Then Ryan Lochte attempted a new style of turning where he would remain on his back much longer, earning him multiple gold medals.

If you play the game the way you've always played, you will get the result you've always expected. To im...

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