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.

4 Benefits of Becoming a Mentor for Business Leaders

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The CEO of Logic20/20, Christian O’Meara is an experienced thought leader based in Seattle, Washington. Among his recent work, Christian O’Meara published the article “Mentorships Foster Personal and Professional Growth,” which offers tips on being a better mentor and mentee.

Becoming a mentor has numerous benefits, including the satisfaction that comes from helping others and improving your own professional development. Mentorships come in many shapes and forms, from coaching a sport to simply providing emotional support for someone. Consider these potential benefits of becoming a mentor for business leaders:

1. Personal growth: The person you mentor isn’t the only one who will grow as a result of the relationship. Mentors often discover new things about themselves through the experience.
2. Widen your horizons: Mentoring can reveal new sides of the world, such as achieving a greater understanding of different cultures and people.
3. Progress your career: Show recruiters your skills outside of your standard job description through mentorship activities.
4. Expand your company’s reach: By mentoring students, business owners and managers often attract positive attention from university staff and students.

Maximizing the Benefits Offered by Mentoring Relations

 

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Guiding Seattle-based Logic20/20, Inc., as CEO, Christian O’Meara provides customer-focused consulting solutions that enable critical technology and operational challenges to be met. With extensive experience coaching and playing rugby, Christian O’Meara knows how mentoring enables team members to engage in the most effective way possible.

A fundamental to gaining the most out of a mentorship involves approaching the relationship with humility and an openness to receiving honest feedback and advice. With each mentor coming from a distinct background and life experience, cultivate several mentors, if possible, to gain balanced perspective on entrepreneurial issues at hand.

In addition to receiving advice, try to pick up new business skills and interpersonal approaches through observation and shadowing. Often the mentor has achieved success through intangibles that must be experienced first-hand to process and integrate into one’s own repertoire.

Keep in mind that being a mentee is ultimately a no-cost opportunity to learn and improve, as well as to gain business connections that can be invaluable from a strategic perspective as the company grows.

Practicing a “Culture of We” to Build Successful Businesses

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As the CEO of Logic20/20, a business consulting firm in Seattle, Christian O’Meara strives to create an atmosphere of integrity and achievement. To accomplish this goal, Christian O’Meara promotes a “culture of we.” Here are some elements of the we culture:

Hiring outstanding employees and treating them well is essential. Companies grow when smart people accept challenges and solve them as a team, acquiring new skills and being given opportunities to lead new ventures.

Teamwork is vital. In a culture of we, the players work together without falling into the pitfalls of looking out for number one, which only adds unnecessary stress. When the teams wins, everybody wins. Helping other team members builds a strong group. In a cooperative environment, every employee should have a mentor and pass on their wisdom to someone else.

Peer recognition is also crucial. Being recognized by your teammates feels good and is sometimes rewarded with raises and promotions. Such honors remind everyone that all employees contribute to corporate success.

To promote unity, Logic20/20 has a social committee that gives people a chance to have fun outside of work by joining company soccer, basketball, or softball teams. For those interested in other types of recreation, video games, Scrabble, and even Lego blocks are available.

Finally, community involvement enhances the lives of both givers and receivers. Time spent volunteering is billable and Logic20/20 frequently reaches out to serve the needs of others.