The strategic thinking of Lance Armstrong and Ivan Fernandez Anaya

There are some lessons in leadership and strategic thinking from the major sporting news events these past days.

In startling contrast is Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah (2.22 video) and Ivan Fernandez Anaya’s incredible gesture (1:26 video) to Kenyan Abel Mutai in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. Mutai, who had stopped short of the line believing he had finished was helped over the line by Anaya who coming second had caught up with him.

Said Anaya afterwards, “I didn’t deserve to win it. I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.” 

The contrast illustrates the difference between long and short term strategic thinking. 

Armstrong won many battles and lost the war, his career and now a large chunk of his life.

Anaya just lost a single battle but moved his and sports’ campaign forward on a number of others.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya helps Abel Mutai across the line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Dale Williams

Dale is based in Cape Town on the southern tip of Africa from where he maintains connections with people all over the world through his portfolio life.