Tag Archives: athlete

Irreverent Leaders Speak Truth to Power: WWPRD (What Would Pussy Riot Do?)

Pussy Riot is a brilliant, controversial model for a viral art movement, irreverent, organized and leaderless. In honor of the madness of today’s full moon, here’s an inspiring and irreverent cartoon from the Guardian. Adapting the phrase WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), popularized in the 1990s by Dan Seaborn, Jeffrey Lewis has created a cd, […]

Ode to Joy: Peter Bregman on Rafael Nadal, and the Courage to Feel

Yesterday, Peter Bregman made an impassioned call for emotional freedom in his Harvard Business Review essay, “Nadal is Strong Enough to Cry: Are You?” And what a day to do it, the 12th anniversary of September 11 when our emotions and memories might well be as strong as Nadal’s sobbing joy at winning the US Open […]

Athlete Role Models are Human, too: “I am no god that can see everything and do everything right.” (Jan Ullrich)

Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who refused to move up from 2nd to 1st place winner when Lance Armstrongʻs titles were rescinded, has recently admitted that he, also, received performance enhancing treatments. His argument for his decision, which he admits was wrong by the rules of the sport, was that instead of offering him an […]

Update: Gabby Douglas Flips for McDonalds in a semi-Viral ZZZZZZZZ

So, I just watched the beginning of Gabrielle Douglas ad campaign for McDonalds, a video of her going “undercover,” ordering a “healthy” sandwich, taking a bite in Times Square, stripping down to her olympic suit, and doing flips for tourists. Here’s the consensus from that populist site: 387,570 hits after 3 weeks 774 likes     […]

Christian vs. Gay: What Kind of Heroic Leaders are We Looking For?

Great athletes are the center of our cultural attention — and that makes them sports heroes. Here are some interesting takes on Jason Collins and heroism after he came out as gay last week. This cartoonist thinks it’s inappropriate to reward him, when others’ courage has not been rewarded the same way…. But in a […]

Update: Gabby Douglas, MacDonalds and Fast Food Leadership

According to Advertising Age, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas will be replacing Ronald McDonald for a bit, promoting the new egg white “delight” at restaurants and events. It all started, apparently, when the 16 year old said she “splurged” on egg mcmuffins to celebrate her Olympic win. It’s a clear effort for MacDonalds to boost its market […]

Gabby Douglas: Sports Celebrity Leader or Smart Capitalist?

Or both? You be the judge…. According to her website, here’s the update on Douglas’ accomplishments since her Olympic wins. 1. She’s published a book, written with Michelle Buford.  In it she writes: “For now, here’s what you need to know: Exactly 210 days before I ever attempted my first vault in the London Summer […]

Lance Armstrong: A Fragile Pedestal for Athlete Leaders

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, a larger than life heroic leader, has been pushed off his pedestal this week. Because of the doping scandal, Armstrong’s name is likely to be expunged from the results of the New York City and Boston marathons, in addition to the Tour de France. Armstrong, who no longer describes himself […]

Leadership Stories: Gabby Douglas as Role Model and Celebrity

Hereʻs an interesting interview with Gabby Douglas about her experience with bullying. It may be that one of the best ways she can be present as a leader is to share her story about how she developed the discipline to accomplish so much with her gifts. Leading by example. Sheʻll be visible enough to do […]

Good Advice for Leaders: Write Your Own Script!

In her Washington Post column on Wednesday, Sally Jenkins attributes Gabby Douglasʻ bad fall on the balancing beam to demoralization. The attacks on her hair, and the “racial narrative, the rags-to-riches narrative” imposed on her combined to reduce her “from gleaming to grim.” Itʻs a powerful argument, that a small story imposed on someone in […]