Technology, global connections and the World Cup

“I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village.” Gina Bellman The Olympics is a scattergun of en masse excellence, tracked by a country’s media flitting from one venue to the next to hunt down their own hopes. The events unfold and the flags are hoisted as the medals…

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Quantity or Quality?

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca In last week’s blog I posed a question that many federations and governing bodies are faced with when they are considering an overall country wide medal target – that is, should they chase quantity or quality? For national governing bodies of individual sports, the…

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Quantity or Quality? Thoughts on medal targets, part one

“But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.” Christopher Columbus A question I get asked quite frequently is, “What do you think Team GB’s goal should be for…

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CORE skills ain't SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics; · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree · High intelligence · High mathematical ability · Experience as a jet test pilot. There were just…

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How SQUIDD can empower others

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates In 2005 I took on the responsibility of line managing a scientist. It may be relevant or not that they were a scientist in another discipline to myself and while I had previously undertaken this task, this was…

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