Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
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Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – February 17, 2014
Every two years in the weeks before the Olympic games begin, we focus on all of the problems that will arise. For the Sochi games we worried about hotel rooms not being finished, security at the games, water that wasn’t drinkable, professional athletes having to share college dorm-style rooms, Canadian hockey goalies, and many other petty things. One week into the games, none of these concerns are relevant anymore. We even joke about them. That’s because they really weren’t issues to begin with. They were items that distracted us from the real story of the Olympics, which is the athletes, the competitions, and the camaraderie. As soon as the games began, all of this talk went away because we focused on what the Olympics is truly all about.
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The Olympics

I have been watching the Olympics as much as I can and I’ve realized that it doesn’t even really matter what sport I watch anymore. I am excited about the competitive nature of the games and the great stories about the athletes.

As was expected, as soon as the games started, all of the talk about small beds, unfinished hotel rooms, security, and yellow water has gone away.

A reporter asked Mike Babcock, coach of Team Canada’s hockey team, about how strange it was that his three goalies had to share a room. His response, “Why is that an issue? Have three goalies never shared a room before? You guys are making something out of nothing.”

The bottom line is that most athletes are so happy to compete for their country and are so honoured to be at the Olympics, that sleeping conditions are not even as issue.

It seems that the quality of reporting in many cases has been reduced. Maybe reporters are becoming obsolete. Maybe there are so many media people that there are bound to be bad ones. Certainly the ones who make something out of nothing would fall into that category.

In a world of social media and instant information, there is less importance on the media insiders to tell us the story. I would rather hear it directly from the source.

Those media people who will survive will be the ones who can cut through all of the useless information and give us a unique perspective. All others will never be heard from again.