A Gold Medal Business Lesson from Jonny Moseley

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I was at a customer appreciation event for a large telecommunications company in Beaver Creek last week. Jonny Moseley, 1998 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle skiing, and I sat and talked on the shuttle bus together on the way to the golf course the first day.

And on the second day we played together. He had some great insights about skiing that apply to business and life in general.

His best tip? "Skiing is all about many small recoveries, finding a way to reign it back in each time you begin to lose it."

So goes business. So goes life. When we focus on skiing with no risk, we finish well down the list in obscurity. When we focus on skiing on the edge and making good recoveries each time we cross the threshold, we’re in contention to win. We need to take measured risks, but we also need to have the tools to make it through the rough patches.

Speed of Execution is the #1 indicator of success in business. What have you been thinking about for days or weeks that you should already be doing?

Are you playing it safe so you never have to recover? Or are you creating a business with an edge?

And just as importantly, do you have the tools to recover as you hit the rough times?

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Chuck Blakeman, founder of the Crankset Group - a worldwide business advisory, is the author of the #1 Rated Business Book of 2010 in the U.S., Making Money Is Killing Your Business.

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