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With the buzz of the Olympics back with us again, it reminded me of the principle of being a corporate athlete. The idea of corporate athletes was developed by Dr Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz and likens how successful we are at work and in business to how high performing athletes achieve great success.
The success of a corporate athlete comes from how successfully we manage our energy. You may have been told that you need to manage your time or manage your budget. Here, we look at how to manage different types of energies to lead us to success.
Before we look at how to become a corporate athlete, let's initially look at the differences between a sports athlete and a corporate executive (a nice term for you and me as the leader or manager of our own business or a team in a business).
Loehr and Schwartz recognised that in order to become successful, corporate executives should look to train, learn and follow the approach of the sports athlete. In other words, they should become a corporate athlete.
At the heart of the principle of being a corporate athlete is energy and how well we manage 4 different types of energy:
To become a corporate athlete, we must learn to manage the 4 energies described in the previous section.
Physical energy is related to how we look after our bodies. To become a corporate athlete, we must consider:
We know that we need to do all of the above to sustain a healthy lifestyle, but they are also incredibly important to our overall success in business too.
Mental energy is related to how we look after our workload and tasks, To become a corporate athlete, we must consider:
We want to be stretched and challenged, but we need to do this in such a way that doesn't lead to mental burnout. Managing our time is a key component of this. See our time management training course for more.
Emotional energy is related to how we feel about ourselves and how we respond to challenges from others. To become a corporate athlete, we must consider:
We need to be able to remain positive and in control at all times. When we allow things to impact us in a negative way, we feel negative and therefore our actions become negative. See our Building Resilience training course for more on this.
Spiritual energy is related to how we look after our minds. To become a corporate athlete, we must consider:
Knowing that we are making a difference and having goals and purpose will help sustain positivity in what we do. To become a great corporate athlete, we must find the good and the benefit to us in everything that we do to give us that sense of purpose.
You can learn more about becoming a corporate athlete in the book The Corporate Athlete by Jack Groppel or read the paper The Making of a Corporate Athlete by Tony Schwartz on Harvard Business Review.