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How to be a winner: how startups can learn from cycling success


Saw this nice piece with Dave Brailsford, Performance Director of the Team GB Cycling team, that brought in 8 gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics as well as a Tour de France to boot.

Not a lean startup but great advice all the same on how to succeed, applicable to any walk of life, whether a cycling team or startup:

  1. Differentiate between dreams and targets
    A dream is what we want to happen, a target is something we can make happen. Focus on setting specific targets to realise your dream as these will form the building blocks of performance and will all be within your grasp. You can make then happen if you choose to do so.
  2. Bad things happen quickly and good things take time
    In this era of instant gratification we want good things to happen quickly, but they take time and you have to build slowly. You can’t start something new today and expect something great to happen tomorrow: it takes time.
  3. Give people ownership and responsibility
    If you want to get the best out of people, don’t be controlling. People respond better to being given ownership of what they’re doing and what their future looks like. Committment is a great virtue.
  4. Understand the difference between logic and emotion
    Don’t base your decisions purely on emotional reactions. Try to use the logical path within your brain to drive success.
  5. Plan, review, do
    With any performance, good or bad, you should go through a straighforward cycle of: planning what you’re going to do; doing it; reviewing what you’ve just done; and then putting all that learning into your next plan. All you can do is be your best and strive for personal excellence. Be the best you can be, you’re in charge of that.

Inspiring stuff!

Based on an interview taken from Fabulous Mag (of all places…). Image courtesy of jjmillini

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