We often look to great achievements to help us understand what motivated and created peak performance. One that I find particularly interesting happened on 6 May 1954 when Roger Bannister, a 25 year old medical student, became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. He achieved a time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. It was a carefully planned race and he was aided by two pacesetters. This was an achievement that had previously been thought impossible and Roger Bannister’s success was widely recognised by the media. Having achieved his goal he retired from athletics that same year to concentrate on his medical studies.
What makes this remarkable was that once the record was beaten it set a new goal and within a month Australian, John Landy achieved a new record time of 3 minutes, 57.9 seconds.
In an extensive research project conducted by Healthstream Research it was concluded that managers who achieve business results are more likely to demonstrate four basic competencies:
* Goal Setting
What Roger Bannister’s 4 minute mile clearly demonstrates is that in addition to these competencies recognition accelerates performance and inspires others to fulfill their true potential.