Sunday 4 December 2016

David McWilliams: The British have shown us how to become a nation of winners

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

The UK women’s hockey team celebrate their gold medals on their return to Heathrow. Photo: Reuters
The UK women’s hockey team celebrate their gold medals on their return to Heathrow. Photo: Reuters

It's very rare that an Irish writer will celebrate any achievements of our nearest rival on the sports field, but we must acknowledge the amazing achievements of the Brits in the Olympics. To take such a hoard of medals is impressive; to do so when you were so far behind 20 years ago suggests a management and business lesson for all of us.

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There are so many overlaps between competitive sport and competitive economics that there is little doubt that the transformation of British athletics will be studied in business departments of universities for years to come.

All countries strive to enhance their economic performance in a competitive world. Small countries in particular have to find that clever trick or five that will help us achieve a better standard of living for all (or at least that is what governments should be striving for).

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