What happens when things don’t go your way?

The Russian hockey team was eliminated from the medals following a loss to Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words as you see President Putin looking a little less than happy.

The goal for the Russian hockey team was nothing short of a gold medal in their home country.

To not have a chance to compete for any medal was certainly devastating for the nation. 

It would be equivalent to the USA basketball dream team not achieving any medals at the Summer Olympics. Almost unthinkable.

So…what happens when things don’t go your way?

What happens when you don’t achieve your goal?

Put your head in your hands?

Give up?

Sure, a momentary show of emotion is understandable.

However, businesses and leaders of those businesses are measured on how they react to these situations.


Making a decision to move forward, try again, work around the problem, re-tool the team are all things that can be done to push towards the goal.

Key tips:

1. Set a goal
2. Make a decision that moves you closer to that goal
3. Deal with problems quickly and determine what you can learn
4. Make another decision that moves you closer to the goal
5. Repeat

Given the reputation of Mr. Putin, I don’t think he’ll have his head in his hands for too long.

I would suspect he’ll be making some business decisions about winning for the Russian hockey squad!

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