Olympic Lessons for the Workplace
Each day during the Olympics, I’ll be posting a nugget relating a value of sportsmanship and the Olympics to your professional life.
Today’s Olympic Nugget: Go for the A Standard in your field.
To make it to the Olympics in your event, you must have the A Standard. It’s a minimum performance level (normally a score or a time) that an athlete must achieve in order to make it to the Olympics. Without it, an athlete can place at the Olympic Trials but not secure a spot on the team because he or she did not achieve the A Standard.
Think about the Olympics of your career. It could be a specific position at a certain company, a salary goal, a revenue goal for your business, the right balance between work and life, etc.
What is the A Standard for your professional Olympics? That is, what do you have to strive to achieve to make sure you are positioned to make it to the pinnacle? Perhaps the A Standard is a certification or set of skills you need to earn or master, a personal relationship with a key decision maker, a certain amount of experience in a position of leadership, or a specific set of accomplishments credited to your hard work. Whatever the A Standard is for you, it is critical that you have a long-term plan to achieve it so that when your professional Olympic Trials come, you have everything you need to make your dreams a reality.
What’s your A Standard? Do you already have it? If not, what are your plans to earn it?