Don't Let the Bike Rack hit You in the Face

Don't Let the Bike Rack hit You in the Face

On Tuesday night I went roller blading with a skating group I have just rejoined as I had been told Tuesdays was an easy skate. Unfortunately most of the people on the skate were training for a long road skate, and so decided to make the evening an hour and half of hill work. 13 miles later and totally exhausted I skated up to my car which had my bike rack attached to the trunk. I opened the trunk, sat down, took off my skates and pads, stood up and closed the trunk. The rack hit me in the head and left a mark.

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Lessons I Learned from Squash that Apply to Business

Lessons I Learned from Squash that Apply to Business

The last piece in my series “Lessons I Learned from Sports that Apply to Business” covers a game that I love and only wish my ability was matched by my passion – Squash.  I have played the game for longer than I care to admit, but fortunately my understanding of the game has improved with time. The key points from squash that apply to business are, in my opinion are: (i) dominate the “T”; (ii) keep the other person on the defensive; (iii) not every stroke is a winning one; and (iv) when stuck in a war of attrition, change the game!

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Lessons I Learned from Snow Skiing that Apply to Business

Lessons I Learned from Snow Skiing that Apply to Business

I have loved skiing ever since I first started 40 years ago. When I first started I thought the aim was to go straight down the mountain as fast as you could; however, a broken leg soon cured that misconception. Still today I see many people bragging about how they skied down this difficult run or the other, but having seen them on the slopes I realize that they are getting down with little style or ability, and gravity is the main contributor. While they have survived, the chance of doing this repeatedly is small. In business as in skiing, the key is to be able to do the successful things repeatedly.

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Lessons I Learned from Waterskiing that Apply to Business

Lessons I Learned from Waterskiing that Apply to Business

A champion skier once told me a few things that have stuck with me:

  • slalom skiing is very easy, you set your position, accelerate across the wake, slow the ski down turn around the buoy and repeat six times;
  • a dedicated ski boat’s V8 engine will always beat you in a tug of war no matter how strong you are; and
  • where your eyes go, your body will follow.

How does these relate to business?

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