When is the Best Time to Train for a Triathlon?
This past Sunday my cousin Avi ran his first triathlon (you can read all about it here: http://asthmathlon.blogspot.com/ ) which, as many people who run such races around this time of year know, involves a long period of intense training. It’s not just an event… it’s a process. The effects of a triathlon training process can be transformational in terms of a person’s long-term health and fitness lifestyle.
Why run (runswimbike?) a triathlon? Why not… that’s the point. “Because I can” is the reason some people will tell you… although for many, the real reason is “Because I used to think I couldn’t.” (Mid-life crisis variation: “Because I’ve still got it.”)
From April through September, my cousin blogged his way through his journey of change — both physical and psychological — to reach his goal of running a triathlon successfully and raising money for a good cause that is very close to his (pounding, asthma-inducing) heart. The story is inspirational… and yet grounded in the reality of the hard work involved in achieving something remarkable.
Recently, I heard about a corporate leader who was evaluating a senior manager within their company. The manager was extremely competent and had vastly improved the organization’s functioning. However, many people were not happy with this manager. The complaints boiled down to interpersonal communication… it was the classic case of Competency vs Warmth stereotyping.
The leader was asked about what kinds of efforts they had made to discuss this issue with the manager and work with them on their interpersonal communication. The response was, “We tried a bit, but don’t have a lot of time. Also, people don’t change their personalities.”
Yes, and asthmatics don’t run triathlons. (unless…. they… decide to…)
And yes, you don’t have the time motivate and guide your employee’s training and development — their interpersonal triathlon — but somehow you’ll find the time to fire and hire new employees? I suppose performing cardiovascular surgery on your organization may seem like more of a “sure thing” than a 6 month exercise regimen.
You may say, “okay, but it’s too late!”
To paraphrase the old Chinese proverb:
The best time to train for a triathlon is 6 months ago. The second best time is now.
To my cousin Avi: Keep on running, keep on writing.
Posted on September 26, 2011, in Business, Communication Skills, Learning, Life, Positivity and tagged Business, communication, fitness, health, learning, life, Physical fitness, positivity, Triathlon. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.