A really interesting article on the parallels between elite level sport and business success. Featured in the Telegraph, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Team GB rower and silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, reflects on her experiences having successfully transitioned into a role at EY. Olivia is part of their latest initiative, the Women Athletes Business Network, a program designed to recruit former athletes and help them apply the attributes that unpinned their sporting success to the challenges of facing the business world.
Having made the move from sport to business, Olivia's insight is fascinating and there are a number of interesting similarities and differences discussed. In conclusion, EY certainly believe that elite sportspeople have the necessary qualities to succeed in the world of business.
There are obvious similarities between the elite sporting and business worlds — from literal goal-scoring to the pursuit of organisational goals; working with teammates in a highly competitive environment; the need to perform at the highest level under extreme pressure; and having the right balance of commitment, humility and perseverance to bounce back from failures.