I was reading a newspaper today and there was a story on Australian swimmer and Olympic Silver medalist James Magnussen.
The story highlighted the many small changes he was making to try and achieve a gold medal at the next Olympics.
Some of these include:
- a change in diet (e.g. more protein)
- a shift in coaches
- extra gym sessions in his training
- taking up Pilates
- a new mentor (i.e. Australian head Coach – Alan Thompson)
- new mental preparation and
- a new personal relationship
I was struck by how much he is doing to improve his performance.
This made me think of the many managers and leaders I work with.
I wondered to myself — what could we learn from his example?
And further — how can leaders and their teams improve their performance – every day?
Here are a few suggestions:
James had the courage to realise that what he was doing in the past was not quite good enough.
This has created a new growth mindset where James is open and willing to change.
He has taken responsibility for many of these changes.
As a result, he feels more self-confident and in control of his life.
There is a long term goal (i.e. a gold medal) and no doubt numerous step by step goals along the way.
Also note the number of small changes that collectively add up to an enormous transformation e.g. a change in diet
As a leader, ask yourself — are you improving today?
Are your (and your teams) solutions, ideas, decisions and actions better than they were this time last year for example.
If not, start your self-improvement journey today.