Hello SOTGC Community,
The Tour de France has reached its final week in a three-week race. Cruising 2,000 miles on your bike probably isn’t on your work agenda but your office is more like the Alps than you think (freezing thermostat included). Feel like you’re spinning your wheels at work? Here are some tips on how you can engage in the sports conversation at the office to keep your team competitive.
Surround yourself with success. While you hear a lot about the team captain (think Lance Armstrong), Tour de France teams are actually made up of nine racers, all who bring a different area of expertise to the team. Bill Gates, Oprah, Steve Jobs – sure they were the brainchild, the face of the company and no doubt worked their tails off to reach their pinnacle; but a whole team, carefully crafted of people with a variety of talents driven to reach the same goal was necessary to make it happen.
Make a fashion statement. During the race, all team members wear the same uniform. That is unless they’re wearing a specialty jersey for an accomplishment such as the yellow jersey (the race leader), polka dot (the race’s finest climber) or the green jersey (the race’s best sprinter). While polka dots are great, how does that translate to the office? Dress in a way that reflects your brand and the talents you bring to the table. Don’t be afraid to dress for the job you want while owning the skills you bring to the team.
Set an example. The race has over 3.5 billion television viewers and 12 million spectators – 30% of the spectators are women. Even in a male dominated office environment, there are young women looking to successful women like you to inspire and lead them. Like in the Tour, you’re only as good as your team and motivating others will help you succeed as a leader.
You look good in that yellow jersey.
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