Saturday, July 31, 2010

Convenient accountability

Yet another excellent blog post by Wayne Goldsmith:

The Accountability Myth – Why the current Leadership models in High Performance Sport are failing (badly)

My favorite section:
"Accountability is like being pregnant: you either are or you are not.
If you accept a leadership role in a professional team then you are accountable: not half accountable, semi-accountable or fractionally accountable. There is no part-time accountability, no nine day fortnight of accountability with the tenth day off to not be accountable: if you willingly accept a role which includes accountability – then you are accountable.
But, a new accountability has emerged in high performance sport - it’s called Convenient Accountability or Conveccountability for short.
This new accountability – conveccoutability – is the accountability you have when you are not really accountable. It is being accountable only up until when things get a bit ugly, a bit serious (and a bit public), then it becomes an S.E.P. (to quote the late, great Douglas Addams) – a Someone Else’s Problem."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The man is right...

According to the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, "Triathletes are sorely lacking in strength, speed, power, flexibility, accuracy, agility, and coordination."

And... he is right. Because in order to be a proficient triathlete, you really don't need the above abilities in above average quantity. It's called... specificity.