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The Winter Olympics - what has caught your attention?

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19 Feb 2014

When the Winter Olympics 2014 started on 7th February 2014, it was already surrounded with media interest and the Sochi attitude towards certain things. Almost anything but the actual games was attracting attention.

Now they have officially started, I have to admit very little about the actual sports have captured my concentration; Twitter streams from journalists regarding their hotel conditions have been much more captivating.

However, something else is beginning to gain focus and draw me towards this year's Winter Olympics - and that something is teamwork. After reading this Buzzfeed post, I can safely say the Canadian Winter Olympic team are my new business inspiration.

What can we learn from their actions?

Gilmore Junio giving up his spot on the speed skating team to team mate Denny Morrison...

"How Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races”

Morrison is now gathering support for Junio to be the Canadian flag bearer in the closing ceremony for his selfless act. The moral of the story? Don't take all the glory, put other people first, and recognise the abilities of those around you.

Justin Wadsworth, the Canadian cross-country coach, running onto the ski slope to help competitor athlete Anton Gafarov from the Russian team when his ski snapped...

"I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line”

And what can we learn? That it's not always about loyalty - if there's someone you can help and they need you, help them. You have little to gain from leaving others to fail.

Two of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters taking home medals but the third still cheering from the sidelines...

Just good business sense - if you feel wronged or like you have lost out, there's no need to take it out on your colleagues. Celebrate their efforts and they'll be returning the favour in no time.

It's not like this string of acts has hindered their ability to win medals either, with the country placing second on the leaderboard.

Like in sport, businesses require strong teamwork and leadership in order to achieve success. Whether you are in a senior management position or just starting a new role, make supporting your colleagues a daily aim and you're sure to succeed in the near future.

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