Olympics

John Furlong and VANOC end on a high note: I laughed, I cried, I spent $10 bucks

The typical Canadian inferiority complex peaked mid-games only to be proven wrong. Canada wraps up the games on a high note by owning the gold podium and John Furlong demonstrates that great leaders know how to tune out naysayers and have the last laugh. Sometimes leaders stumble.  Sometimes they fall.  But the hallmark of a …

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Where were VANOC’s red flag mechanisms?

Yesterday’s tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in a warmup to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has been ruled by the IOC’s investigative committee as a result of “human error”.  One has to wonder if there’s a little bit of “head in the sand” syndrome happening here. In Jim Collin’s  landmark book, Good to Great, …

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Jeremy Wotherspoon and a lesson is living up to expectations

Sitting in a coffee shop today, I grabbed the Sports section of the Toronto Star (no, not to get the latest on Tiger Woods) and found a cautionary lesson for leaders everywhere, but especially for you Type A overachievers. Inside was a story on Canadian speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon.  You may remember Wotherspoon… he’s one of the …

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