Olympic Selection: Character, Competence, and Commitment
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In the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the coach of the Canadian men’s volleyball team needed to make a final decision about the team’s composition. Although the core eight players had already been selected, the difficult decisions involved choosing the supporting cast of four players from a list of seven players being considered. His decision would directly impact the team's performance at the Olympics but would also leave an imprint on the men’s volleyball program, and would change the lives of the athletes. How could the coach ensure he made the most appropriate selection decision?
This case is suitable for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education leadership courses. Although the case focuses on the example of a sports team, important parallels can be drawn for all high-performance organizations. After completion of the case, students will be able to
- consider how character, competence, and commitment affect a selection decision;
- assess a selection decision’s potential impact on short-term and long-term performance;
- discuss the implications of a selection decision for the culture of the organization; and
- discuss the need for strength of character to handle and respond to difficult decisions.
Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Canada, Small, 2016
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