Matt and his father Shane (a credit operations manager at ANZ) explain how a high performance team is structured and the lessons more broadly applicable for business, around not just inclusion but being flexible in programs, training and understanding the athlete or workforce.
Human diversity is even more evident with disabled athletes but Shane believes any team will benefit from the flexibility the Paralympic family has mastered.
“There is a very wide range of experiences of people with disabilities,” Matt says and those experiences can be very valuable in business.
“Parents and family do a fantastic job of being there for me – particularly my Dad,” he says of his own team. “Success is defined by support staff, one team, one family, one common goal. Maximise your productivity as one coherent group.”
Shane says “from a team environment, every athlete has different needs, different challenges. So coaches, teams, need to adjust their learnings. For people to achieve their best, we need to accommodate the needs of each individual.
“Trying to train everyone the same way, don’t necessarily get the results,” he adds.
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Ha Bui is a contributing editor at BlueNotes