In a GCMA Inspire webinar, Olympic swimmer Chris Cook delved deeper into the two Lengths mindset... If you had to explain your job in one sentence so a five-year-old would clearly understand your role, could you do it? Olympian Chris Cook asked webinar viewers to think about that as he delved deeper into his Two Lengths concept in a GCMA Inspire session. Chris, who won double Commonwealth Games gold at Melbourne in 2006 and also competed at the Athens Olympiad two years earlier, was following up on his acclaimed closing speech at GCMA 2021 Conference. His keynote was the highest rated session at Wyboston Lakes and in this new session, he took his audience into new concepts and outlined the five keys needed to deliver Two Lengths. Chris explained how he had overcomplicated his career as a professional athlete, until a sports psychologist bluntly told him his job was simply to swim two lengths of the pool as fast as he could. But, crucially, he also encouraged the audience to realise their own ‘one-liner’, simplifying their roles and explaining it so it would be easy for a five-year-old to understand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVrgxYbrABk&feature=youtu.be “What is our North Star and, when we get that, we can then check our processes and have a look at them and ask ourselves if everything is in alignment with the ultimate mission of where we are going,” he explained. Chris added: “This has the potential to transform your performance. This has the potential to make you a little bit more efficient in your work and every day. “This is not a mission statement. It’s about understanding. What’s that one-liner if you had to explain it?” In an hour-long session, Chris considered the power of refining and defining, the power of scoring, looked how to make things tangible and looked at understanding the journey from ‘hope’ to ‘know’, and used breakout session and digital mentoring to encourage the audience to To watch the full webinar, click the video in this story. Do you subscribe to the GCMA's weekly E-newsletter? Make sure you're not missing out on the latest in the world of golf club management. Click here to join in.
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