Yesterday, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong won the silver medal in a sport that I don’t particularly follow: the Nordic Combined. It’s not particularly remarkable that America won a medal in a less popular sport (at least for this post), but what caught my eye was an article the WSJ published a few weeks ago about HOW America grew a capability they did not possess into a top performing organization through measurement, analysis, and management changes.
The original architect of the Nordic Cross is Tom Steitz, now at 3 Peaks Leadership as a management consultant, bringing the same type of leadership messages to corporate life that he did to the US Ski Team and then to Nordic Cross.
Some takeaway messages:
- Painstakingly measure the factors that make a difference in individual performance. That includes coaches. (How many of us forget that part…)
- Invest in talent development, but also measure progress. If your investment isn’t turning out, recognize it sooner rather than later.
- After synthesizing the information, act on it.
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