This is part three of a 4-part series about the four keys you can use to generate breakthrough performance from your work with a consultant.
If you want breakthrough performance as a client of business consulting, you can channel a bit of the “Olympic spirit” into the partnership with your consultant. One direct access is through the kind of commitments you make and the actions you take.
What drew approximately 26 million people to watch the Olympics this year? Although not athletes, most tuned in to be inspired by the amazing courage and powerful commitment of those aiming for breakthroughs in their event.
What lasting value can be taken from watching these remarkable athletes?
Commitment and action
One takeaway from watching these athletes that can be utilized is committing yourself to extraordinary outcomes.
‘Great’ clients, like great athletes commit to:
It is easy to be inspired by the ease and grace of gold medal performers and miss what it really takes to get there.
Vision and passion, combined with an unreasonable commitment and actions over a sustained period are common themes in the stories of Olympic athletes like skier Bode Miller and skaters, Davis and White.
Just as an athlete commits to going higher, farther or faster without knowing exactly how to reach that goal, you can let commitment stretch you to think and act in new ways.
This is how you as a ‘great’ client can draw on the inspiration of an Olympic athlete.
COMING NEXT: Key #4: Holding yourself and your consultant accountable.