The world of sports is a lot like business. There’s training. Competition. Wins and losses. Passion. Hard work.
These quotes of famous sport coaches and athletes will help you manage your people and approach things differently:
Louis Van Gaal (The Netherlands – Football)
Quality is to exclude coincidence. I do not live in the past, I live in the present.
Michael Jordan (USA – Basketball)
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Pele (Brazil – Football)
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
Billy Jean King (USA – Tennis)
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Tommy Lasorda (USA – Baseball)
In baseball and in business, there are three types of people; those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.
Wayne Gretzky (Canada – Ice hockey)
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
Roger Federer (Switzerland – Tennis)
There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. A man who wins, is a man who thinks he can.
Michael Phelps (USA – Swimming)
If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.
Alex Ferguson (England – Football)
I have never played for a draw in my life.
Whether you are leading teams on a challenging project or just trying to climb the career ladder, these quotes can help provide some useful wisdom on how best to deploy your leadership strategy. They can help you on how to be a better leader, make you rethink your current leadership strategy, renew your passion to lead, or point the way for how to better inspire your teams.
Author: Jos Jumelet - Senior Consultant at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting
This article first appeared in Lausanne Hospitality Consulting News on June 29, 2017.