Three Business Lessons Learned from Sports

Christian O’Meara has served as the chief executive officer of Logic20/20, Inc., in Seattle, Washington, since co-founding the business and technology consulting firm in 2005. During his time in this leadership position, Christian O’Meara has drawn on various experiences from his days as a competitive rugby player.

One of the key takeaways from Mr. O’Meara’s playing days is that an effective coach can mean the difference between a successful venture and a complete failure. Leadership is paramount to the growth and development of any team, whether athletic or business. That said, leaders must recognize that they are as much in service to their team as their staff members are to them. In the world of business, great leadership can be defined as collaborative, transparent, goal-oriented, and genuinely compassionate.

While a strong leader is important to success, both athletes and employees must learn to trust one another. In both sports and business, a quality team is stronger than the sum of its parts. The keys to establishing trust among co-workers boil down to consistent, adequate preparation and clear intent. As individuals establish reputations for preparing themselves and working hard on behalf of the project, they can gain the trust of co-workers and form a more effective team.

Finally, both athletes and working professionals must appreciate the fact that not every day ends in victory. Understanding and responding to the natural win/loss rhythm of business is important to continued success. Ultimately, a team is only as strong as they are during the most difficult times.

Logic20/20 – Streamlining, Integrating CLM for Healthcare Organization

Christian O’Meara serves as the CEO of Logic20/20 and provides Seattle clients with innovative technology solutions centered on cloud storage and the migration of data. In a case study featured on Christian O’Meara’s company website, Logic20/20 worked with a major healthcare organization in guiding the contract lifecycle management streamlining and integration process.

The background was a Fortune 500 company that relied on a legacy CLM application which proved unable to meet the volume and pace demands of its contracting activities. With hundreds of high value contracts being managed simultaneously, the company had a continuous flow of communications, internal and external, to coordinate. The legacy system could not handle this high-volume flow and did not integrate with SAP. The latter fact made extracting required product information challenging.

Assessing the situation, the Logic20/20 team undertook a seamless implementation of Conga CLM. This involved customizing contract lifecycle management configurations, including user interface and the contract approval process workflow. At the same time, historical data, contracts, and amendments were migrated to the new platform. Finally, Conga CLM was integrated with SAP, so that current product information was accessible in Salesforce, with contracts automatically updated throughout the system. The end result was a system in which data flow was seamless and communications accurate, in ways that boosted the bottom line.

“Lean-in” Mindsets That Value Individual Achievement and Group Success

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Based in Seattle, Christian O’Meara holds responsibilities with Logic20/20 as CEO and delivers a full range of data migration and integration solutions to corporate clients. With an enduring passion for athletic competition, Christian O’Meara draws lessons from his experience on the rugby field in his team building activities while leading Logic20/20.

One core value that he has had instilled over the years is that winning doesn’t truly count unless it’s a team effort. This means that every player is used to his or her maximum capacity, in ways that encourage individual contributions.

While this process may take a long time to set in place and seem onerous at times, the payoff is that each team member feels involved and motivated to give their personal best effort. In the long run, this pays dividends in building group cohesiveness and the ability to weather inevitable storms that might break less well-integrated organizations apart.

As part of this equation, it’s critical to instill the concept that “opportunities are everywhere” and that the way they are grasped is what is most important. Not every idea will lead to implementation and results, but a “lean-in mentality” ensures that they are listened to and considered. Without fearing retribution or having his or her voice stifled, each member of the organization is given the space for creative thought, expressed before the entire group. If just a fraction of these ideas are effectively adopted, the team mission can be considered a success.

Raleigh International – Providing for the Future

Christian O’Meara graduated from Buckinghamshire College with a bachelor’s degree in leisure management. He is the CEO of Logic20/20 in Seattle, a business and technology consulting firm. Logic20/20 was named Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For five years in a row. Christian O’Meara’s ambition and goal with the Seattle firm was to make it one of the best companies to work for and do business with. Over the years he has been involved with numerous programs and supported or volunteered in different communities. One of the groups he worked with is Raleigh International.

Raleigh International is a sustainable development nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a better future for coming generations. Raleigh International gathers young people from all around the world, working side by side with them to improve and preserve the environment. The main areas Raleigh International most wants to improve upon are access to safe water and sanitation, as well as building livelihoods and protecting and maintaining a safe environment.

Anyone can volunteer with Raleigh International, and over the years the group has developed strong bonds with universities and companies around the world that share its vision. Its belief is that creating lasting change in the world comes from its youth, as there are over seven billion people in the world and more than half of them are under 30. It oversees expeditions in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Nepal, and Tanzania, and offers young people the chance to go out of their comfort zone and explore, as well as develop new skills and cultural awareness in exchange for their help.