Those championships came after a long arduous road through an 82-game regular season, and a 23-game and a 21-game playoff campaign, respectively.
The physical toll on the players often shows as teams lose in the playoffs often not because of lesser talent, but due to attrition. The healthier team often comes out on top.
In the NBA Finals, the case could be made that injuries to the Cleveland Cavaliers team significantly impacted their ability to defeat Golden State. The same could be said for the Tampa Bay Lightning whose goaltender played with a torn groin muscle and a key goal scorer played the final 4 games with a broken wrist (many on the winning side also played with injuries).
What does this have to do with a small business, a pmo, or even individual project managers or sales professionals creating championship performance?
In athletics there is always an opponent that on any given day, or over a short series of games, may be able to perform at a higher level.
In business, there is no outside opponent to conquer.
In business, championship performance need only be measured by whether you’re better than yesterday, last week, last month or last year.
Are you, as an individual contributor to your “team” (company), getting better?
Are you learning each day and refining your approach?
Are you asking others for feedback as to how you’re doing?
Is your organization, company, team getting better by evaluating its performance with AARs (After Action Reviews), getting feedback from customers, and refining its approach?
In business, creating championship caliber performance is simply committing to, and measuring, constant never-ending improvement.
How do you stack up?
’til next time, leave a comment below to continue the discussion and let me know what you’re doing for committing to, and measuring, constant never-ending improvement.