Posts Tagged ‘think differently’

Gold Medal High Performance

I was recently invited to meet Chris Boardman. He was in London to talk with a few of us about how he made the transition from a totally focused individual gold medal winner at the Barcelona Olympics, to the role of R&D team leader for the GB cycling team that swept the board at the Beijing Olympics last year.

It was a fascinating morning. I had gone along to meet a sporting hero of mine and left with a head buzzing full of new ideas. I met up with Nish a few days later and offered to share some of the learning. So here’s the first thing I learned that made me buzz that day: Think Differently.

Chris flashed the following words up on the screen and asked us to count the number of ‘f’s in the sentence.

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

Now I confess I’d seen this before, a long time ago. I also like to think that I’m a careful reader. So, I read the sentence carefully and thought I’d clocked them all. I was wrong. So how many ‘f’s are there? I’ll be back soon when you’ve worked it out. Enjoy.

Doug Shaw


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