Curling. Now there is a sport that demands precision. As well as the ability to take direction from someone insanely yelling guttural sounds from the other end of the ice, imploring you to sweep or not, harder or not, all to get the rock past the hog line, into the house, preferably on the button. You can’t make this stuff up.
If you have been fortunate to manage different teams or projects in your career, you can appreciate the leadership required to skip your team from end to end. Keeping focus and remaining true to your game plan until all the rocks have been delivered takes patience, caring, and the ability to polish the ice just a little bit more to get the exacting results everyone on the sideline is expecting. You’re relating, I can tell.
So, for all of you change leaders and managers out there with challenging projects and exacting expectations, take heart. There are many ways to move that heavy piece of granite down the ice – sometimes the sweeping may seem counterintuitive until the rock begins its slow curl, moving effortlessly past the guards and nestling comfortably on the target. Reconsider some of your approaches to leading and inspiring your teams, it might just be that you will discover new ways of scoring points while enjoying the journey down the ice.
Curling is in full competition now in Sochi, with undoubtedly the best curlers in the world. Tune in and check it out…now that you can see yourself on the ice, I warn you that it can be addicting. You’ll soon be chanting for the correct draw weight and out-turn to move your team through the challenges of competition and onto the podium in your next steering committee status meeting. Good luck…