Olympic Insights - the road to 2012
P1 entertained 50 friends and clients on 12 October at the Commonwealth Club in London.
There's less than a 1% difference between 4th place and an Olympic medal. Jonathan Males invited our guests to consider what THEIR 1% change might be. Our speakers then shared some of their insights about what makes difference.
Rob McCarthy, the Environment Agency's project manager for the Olympics, showed how close collaboration, being willing to think differently, and acting early has led to the Olympic Site being built on time - while also delivering long term environmental benefits. Cleaner water, more wildlife habitats, reduced flood risk, better access....
Bernie Cotton let us into some of the British Olympic team's preparations - thinking ahead, using connections, and being creative to secure a home advantage. One key lesson though; don't rely on patriotism to overcome financial need. Many training locations have gone to overseas teams with more money to pay for them.
Tim Brabants, multiple Olympic medalist and world champion kayaker, told his story of how it took more than ten years to become an overnight success. Hard work, dedication, and a solid support team. Plus a dedicated coach who stuck with him for the long term. A bonus for many guests - the chance to hold a real Olympic Gold medal!
People told us they were inspired and energised by what they heard. Here are a few more pictures - courtesy of Andrew Olney: