Made in Brazil: Leadership Lessons from the Rio Olympics 2016


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This month’s column is not about PCB technical stuff; instead, it’s about some valuable lessons I have learned this summer during that most fantastic of events, the Olympics. What I have learned can now be applied to PCBs and how we can transform a glass-reinforced laminate or any other bare material into an incredibly useful product that will make the difference in every single life of this planet.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro finished about two months ago and there are many things we can learn from the athletes, coaches and supporters.

It was the first time Brazil held such an event, and it started quite well with the opening presentation. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly advise you to do so. It was outstanding.

Of course there were pros and cons before and during the games, but as a whole, the Olympics were quite good. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said, “These were marvelous Olympic Games in the marvelous city.”

Every time I watch a game, TV show or movie I subconsciously start linking what I am watching with what I live daily. It is amazing the number of things we watch that can influence our way of leading, either for worse or better.

With the last Olympics and Paralympic Olympics it was not different. For this reason, I would like to share some leadership thoughts  I have learned from Brazilian athletes and coaches in the last couple of months.

Editor's Note: To read the full version of this article which appeared in the October 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine, click here.

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