Member Since: 21st Aug 2002
I am an author, facilitator and speaker on lateral thinking, creativity, innovation and leadership. My most popular workshop is on Creative Leadership. My books include:
27th Oct 2013
I have used the opening battle sequence from Gladiator at the start of a workshop on how to beat the competition.
For sales training you can use a clip from Glen Garry, Glen Ross - brutal but high impact and with some tough messages about sales.
17th Sep 2013
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6th Sep 2013
I think that the claims made for the benefits of sport in business are greatly exaggerated. Competitive sport does have some parallels in business as mentioned above - mainly in teamwork and execution. However, in many important respects business is fundamentally different from sport and requires different skills. Here are just a couple of examples:
1. Creativity and Innovation. A key requirement in business is to find new and better ways to meet customer needs - sometimes by finding an entirely new business model. The opportunities for innovation in sport are very limited. Can you name one major innovation introduced by a sports person since the Fosbury Flop 45 years ago?
2. Resource Allocation. You cannot play for more than 90 minutes and you cannot field more than 11 players in a soccer team no matter how much you want to win the game. In business you can put 1 person or 1000 on your new product team. You can deploy resources in all manner of ways to achieve your goals.
3. Customer Focus. Sport is all about beating the competition but if you are working in care for the elderly or a hospital you are not concerned about beating the competition. You are concerned about collaborating with your colleagues to get the best outcomes for the client. In business you are focused on the customer - not the competition.
Sport is fine for entertainment, exercise and recreation. It has some limited lessons for business but let's keep them in perspective.