Like everyone, I have really been fixated on the Olympics this year and I actually feel that we have been doing rather well so far (controversial I know)!
Whilst on my lunch today, looking over the recent articles on England's gold medal last night, I had a thought. What takes someone from a bronze or silver medal to becoming a winner and achieving gold?
I noticed that these athletes only really win by a fraction of a second. How do they make the difference from becoming a silver medal holder to a gold? Is it luck? What it came down to for me is how they analysed their previous performances and evaluated what minuscule changes they could make to take them from their previous best to smashing it and winning a third gold!
What I realised is that this approach isn't much different from business and how we all try to improve our performance day to day and month to month. If we cut everything we do down to the tiny details which gold medallists do what we actually find is that there is always area for improvement. The struggle is pin pointing it and monitoring it so that you can improve.
Many businesses just don't have the capability in their systems to look into this much detail and take themselves from losing that project to winning it. Using analytical tools, like Salesforce, to look a little deeper and find areas to improve will take your business from a silver medal to a GOLD.
I think business can learn a lot from Olympians. Are you as immersed into the Olympics as me?
Great Britain set an Olympic record to win a third straight men's team sprint gold with a shock victory against world champions New Zealand. Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny - who claimed his fourth Olympic gold - Callum Skinner won in 42.440 seconds. It was Britain's fourth gold at Rio 2016, taking their overall tally to 15. Earlier, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald set a world record in women's team pursuit. "We were outsiders coming into the Games so it is great for it all to come together," said Kenny, who joins Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie, Matthew Pinsent and Paulo Radmilovic as four-time British Olympic champions. Britain have dominated track cycling at the past two Olympics, winning eight out of the 10 gold medals at London 2012 and claiming seven in Beijing four years earlier.