Vijay Govindarajan, What Shaun White Teaches Business, Business Week, 3/24/10 Available at: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/mar2010/id20100319_530576.htm
In case you missed Shaun White’s gold medal performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, his final run was nothing short of incredible. Why? Shaun had already won his gold medal before he did his final jump. His coach encouraged him to take it easy, that he had achieved what he came to do. But to know something about Shaun is to know that he doesn’t take the easy way out.
Instead of holding back, Shaun debuted a new snowboarding move, his Double McTwist 1260. Why? Because he wanted a perfect score. He wasn’t content comparing himself against his fellow competitors. Shaun wanted to push the envelope, take a risk, and see if he could set a new standard.
Resting on our laurels can lead to complacency, and we can lose the innovation that first led us to the top in the process. What risks have you taken recently? Is your vision bold and ambitious? Or is just “good enough” good enough?