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Learn from Olympians about building high-performance teams

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics inspired us at Introhive to have an Olympic-themed event leading up to them. The Olympic Games and its athletes are impressive for many reasons, showing you how far human beings can push themselves to be the best and also how hard work can make your dreams come true. 

Enter high-performing teams. 

High-performing teams are known to excel and perform with collaboration and hard work and this is also what makes an Olympian stand out. 

With the help of Athena X consulting and our very own Priya Mokha and Curtis Hamilton, we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Canadian Olympians Andrew Poje and Mirena Rahneva about their experiences both inside and outside of being top athletes. 

Mirena helped us set the stage during this webinar with a mindfulness exercise and discussion around what keeps her centered and focused during competitions. Concentrating on the moment and the connection between mind and body brings the focus that is so important for performing at your best.

Next up, moderator Arron Lin guided a session around high-performance teams and what it means to all four panelists. Joining the Olympians were Curtis Hamilton and Priya Mokha, they had a lot of great tips around how to manage teams and create a culture of high-performing habits. 

High-performance teams trust one another

You need a team you can trust. Ensuring that there is clarity about goals and roles is important for building trust, as does having accountability. This trust allows teams to find resilience in the face of adversity. 

High-performance teams share habits

High-performance teams share many of the same habits, such as being open to new ideas and being stuck with a fixed mindset, finding their “why”—as in, why am I doing what I am doing?—finding a purpose, and staying organized and keeping good notes. A lot of high performers keep journals.

High-performance teams have focus

High-performance teams learn to focus on what they can control, and not waste time or energy on the things they cannot. They also focus on constant growth, maintaining a mindset on growth and conflict management. They also allow themselves to make mistakes and seize them as learning experiences and opportunities for improvement.

High-performance teams have goals

High-performance teams know that without goals, everything else falls apart. It’s hard to maintain focus without something to focus upon. But they also know that goals are not static. Things change, life is fluid, and goals may shift over time. Adaptation is as important as keeping your eye on the prize. 

There are many more valuable takeaways about creating high-performance teams to be gleaned from watching the recording of the webinar. Whether it’s in a corporate setting or in sports, the fundamentals remain the same. 

But whether or not you make it to the podium is entirely up to you. 

Want to learn more about how to equip your team with tools that’ll make them more high-performing? Contact us to learn more.

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