This month we are discussing Chapter 6 of Gold Medal Strategies, “Great Teams Have a Real or Invented Enemy”. The whole chapter is about real or invented enemies. Enemies does not always have to be the competition. Read below for clarification and some 1980 Olympic Gold Medal insight.
When I speak to groups, when I coach teamwork, I strongly emphasize the importance of having enemies—real or invented—and being on guard against their destructive potential. If you don’t see an enemy out there, then you are in trouble.
“Our competition at Lake Placid was not our only enemy. We had an internal enemy—and not the type of internal enemy I will talk about later in this chapter. That internal enemy was our coach. That’s right, the man without whom our gold medal victory would not have happened.” Get your copy of Gold Medal Strategies – Business Lessons from America’s Miracle Team.
Enemies take on many forms.
The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team had enemies: every team we played at Lake Placid. We also had internal enemies we needed to defeat; among them doubt, lack of cohesion and cooperation, ego, and an unwillingness to embrace new ways of doing things.
We focused on and became aware of our enemies. We used our enemies to fire us up and fine tune our concentration. Our enemies – and our response to our enemies – helped us to make history.
In the book I recount an episode from the mid 1900s in Boston that shows how an enemy can spur and energize the right person to take on and defeat the enemy … to achieve epically.
Gold Medal Strategies book outlines the necessary skills and details the specific techniques you need to maximize your business readiness, hone competitive cooperation, gather your strategies, and attack your challengers. Have you identified your enemy?