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After London 2012 – what did you learn?

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I haven't met anyone yet who didn't find something to learn from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, whether interested in sport or not.   These Games probably won't come to the UK again in our life-time, so what did *you* learn?

Personally, I reminded myself especially that all successful people, whether in sport or at work, often flourish best with at least some adversity or challenge in their lives - and the opportunity to overcome this; often great family-support and certainly unbelievable personal dedication; and almost always great coaches.   And I also learned that their coaches rarely get much appreciation!  (I observed this most especially at the closure of the Paralympics on Sinday night.  Did you watch?  What an opportunity missed, you might well think?) 

As a past amateur sports coach myself long ago, I was taught that any failures were mine and any successes were theirs - and why not?  And as an Executive Coach now, I don't feel any differently.  But how do *you *feel as a busioness trainer or coach about this?  Is this asking too much, do you think?

I also learned that apart from all the athletes' skills, triumphs and disappointments, and their coaches' skills; some people somewhere surely did the most stupendously good job in training the 'Games Makers'.  If you didn't experience this personally, or see the applause for them at the closing ceremonies on TV, what were their secrets do you think, that could be applied to the wider world of work?

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