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Management: Olympic Sprint Or Marathon
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Management: Olympic Sprint Or Marathon

The Olympics are in full swing. I enjoy watching the running events, especially the 100 M, 200 M, and the Olympic marathon of 26.2 miles. I would venture to say that you have heard of an athlete from Jamaica, named Usain Bolt. On the other hand think of the favorite to win the marathon race set for Sunday, the 12 of August. Anyone? Yeah, me too. I cannot think of one name.

Let me ask this, can you name another Olympic Sprinter? I can off the top of my head, Carl Lewis. Oh and how about Jesse Owens. If I thought hard enough I might be able to come up with some famous women sprinters too. I just can't think of one without doing a search online! No offense ladies, that is not my intention here.

Now let's switch our focus to the long distance runners. I can't think of one famous marathon runner now or ever! Can you?

In addition, can you think of a person that has won in both events? Again, I am stumped. No one comes to mind. I would say that a google search would not find an athlete that could compete at both the short race and a marathon.

The Olympic Sprinter

As always, lets bring this running of the races to the workplace. I know as a manager, I have seen the worker that wants to impress me! He will accept the biggest challenge and then with lightning speed of a sprinter will race through the task. You know the type. He needs to be the fastest at getting the job done. He wants the glory!

These type of workers are great when a certain task is fairly straight forward and can be completed quickly. The 'sprinter' employee is the one that can't wait to get started. He/she may even have a false start a time or two!

Beware of assigning this type of employee those long and drawn out assignments, because they will become fatigued after a short while. They may need some extra coaching along the way.

The Olympic Marathon

This employee knows that most projects are not going to be completed in a couple of hours or even a couple of days! These guys and gals take a much different approach. They will work at a slower pace with more thought and purpose to their movements. They may be in the 'race' for the glory, but it usually is not apparent. They like the longterm challenge. These employees usually require much less effort from the coach. The slower pace allows time to think and to plan their efforts.

Choosing the Best Approach

Now that you can see the difference here. Which is the best approach? That is the question of the hour. Look at who wins the 100M and 200M races. Is it the athletes that train for the marathon? Nope! Can you imagine a world class sprinter winning a marathon? I think I just answered my own question! Match the tasks and projects to the abilities of your team members. Just an ole cowboy's opinion as I watch the Olympics.


Street Talk

Nice article. I am in for the marathon!

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  about 9 years ago

You and me, both! Thanks Shawn!

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  about 9 years ago

You are really getting good at this... I see a book on the horizon...

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  about 9 years ago

Yup, the dawn is upon us. It is starting to take shape actually. Beginning the 2nd section. 1st section of book is still in rough draft but has to do with training and education of the horse (employee).Yup from birth to grade school and on through to the university. You can't imagine the fun! Next is the well I don't know what to call it yet! LOL Well, Adulthood is the next phase! The relationships, politics, and personalities have center stage there! Third section? Yeah right! I will fill in that blank when I get there! LOL

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  about 9 years ago

And opening statement "to the bastards at SA who made me do it.."

  
  about 9 years ago

With you leading the pack! LOL I can see it now! SA pack of bastards, uh wait I had some females saying to write the book too! LOL NO WAY I ain't goin' in that direction! To the ladies and bastards of SA, I thank you! Yup there it is!

  
  about 9 years ago
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