Here are some interesting pre-Olympic comments from the UK Athletics head coach. Have a read and see what you think and make sure you get all the way to the last paragraph.

It highlights some interesting paradoxes in elite level performance. It can help to care passionately about what you do, but also to realise its relative importance. It can help to try really, really hard, but also to have fun. And it can help to have great talent, but to recognise that having talent is just a starting point.

If you’re a Head of Something, how does this sit alongside your own performance philosophy? And if you’re a business athlete, i.e. an athlete at work, how well do you influence the thinking of your equivalent of your head coach?