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How the Olympics Can Make You a Better Person


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You won't win if you keep doing the same thing over and over again. And you won’t be world-class if just you do what others have done before you. To truly make it, you need to be different and develop a world-class innovation mindset!

In the world of professional sports, innovation, persistence and rapid learning are everything! In this very personal talk I, a former Olympian, will share key learnings from my professional sports career. I will delve into topics such as choosing the team that's right for you, rapid feedback, radical candour and high-performance teams.

I will contrast the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life and will extract guidelines and tools that we can apply to our professional lives. From critical communication skills to collaboration and effective teams, come along and learn practical ways for how to apply ideas from Olympic sports to your professional agile career!

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How the Olympics Can Make You a Better Person

  1. 1. What I learned from a professional sports career (so you don’t have to) Sandy Mamoli @smamol
  2. 2. @smamol
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  4. 4. Sprint training with resistance @smamol
  5. 5. The importance of stretching @smamol
  6. 6. Sports geek @smamol
  7. 7. My perfect holiday @smamol
  8. 8. Joy of achievement! @smamol
  9. 9. Part of a team @smamol
  10. 10. Professional! @smamol
  11. 11. Pain management @smamol
  12. 12. Active “relaxation” @smamol
  13. 13. Barca ‘92 No pain, no Spain…
  14. 14. @smamol
  15. 15. 6 key learnings
  16. 16. 1. Pick your team wisely @smamol
  17. 17. Be the worst player on the best team that will still accept you. @smamol
  18. 18. Normalise high performance! @smamol
  19. 19. Choose your team wisely! @smamol
  20. 20. @smamol
  21. 21. Find people who are better than you! @smamol
  22. 22. 2. Know when to go
  23. 23. When you have outgrown your team: leave! @smamol
  24. 24. 3. Collaboration is key @smamol
  25. 25. Collaboration is hard! @smamol
  26. 26. Super diversity @smamol
  27. 27. Workplace diversity @smamol
  28. 28. You don’t need to be friends to succeed together! @smamol
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  30. 30. Dreams… @smamol
  31. 31. The no Asshole Rule @smamol
  32. 32. 4. Be good at feedback @smamol
  33. 33. Feedback on the field @smamol
  34. 34. Feedback off the field @smamol
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  36. 36. Consider the source @smamol
  37. 37. 5. Never stop learning
  38. 38. Don’t try to look good! @smamol
  39. 39. Take your mind off the outcome and stay in the moment
  40. 40. Outgrow your idols @smamol
  41. 41. Fail often - but give a shit! Fail early, fail often - but give a shit!
  42. 42. No idea is a bad idea until you have tried it! @smamol
  43. 43. Keep evolving
  44. 44. 6. Be deliberate about your career
  45. 45. When you feel fear you’re in the right place!
  46. 46. You’ll end up getting the good gigs
  47. 47. You’ll have the emotional agility to be world-class
  48. 48. @smamol Sports has made me who I am
  49. 49. World-class tips • Pick your team wisely • Know when to go • Collaboration is key • Be good at feedback • Never stop learning • Be deliberate about your career @smamol
  50. 50. @smamol