The Corporate Athlete

The Corporate Athlete: Olympic Principles to Guide Personal, Team and Organizational Success

In this special suite of services, Integrated Focus Consulting offers a unique series of workshops, keynotes, courses and experiential learning sessions that highlight the values and principles sport can teach individuals, teams and organizations.

The metaphor of sport offers a powerful example of how optimal performance depends on identifying and leading from your personal strengths. The sport metaphor is often used to describe management and leadership practices.  The concepts of teamwork, visioning, strategy, and training parallel sport performance.

Drawing on her experience as a Commonwealth Champion (1986), World Champion (1991) two time Olympian, and particularly as a member of Canada’s double gold medal winning Olympic rowing team (Barcelona 1992), Dr. Jennifer Walinga shows participants how the sport performance metaphor can be applied effectively to the practices of leadership in both life and work: goal setting, visioning, collaboration, communication and planning.

Dr. Walinga offers personal and team workshops, experiential sessions, keynotes, courses, and facilitation within the theme of “The Value of Sport: Leveraging What Sport can Teach in Work, Life, Society and Organizations”. Grounded in Dr. Walinga’s current research on sport for human and social development, the premise of this series is that sport teaches us values that can enhance our human and social capacity. Many organizations exist that embody and leverage the values sport can teach: Sport for Life, Sport for Development, Sport for All, Right to Play, True Sport.

In her 25 years as an educator, researcher and consultant in the area of organizational behaviour and learning, Walinga has seen how successfully the tools she learned in the rowing shell transfer to daily life. Jennifer weaves colourful stories and videos throughout her presentations and includes interactive components to help participants experience how physiological principles are just as present at work as they are in sport.

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