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British Olympic Performance Services Team Used 4D-i to Prep for RIO 2016

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Jo Hopkins, Master Trainer with OneSmartWorld, based in Northern Ireland, chose the 4D-i system we donated to work with the Performance Services team as part of British Olympic Association’s Team GB for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The requirement – facilitate the development of the Team GB medical support team to get ready to work together under pressure at the upcoming Games. This team comprises leading practitioners from the worlds of sports medicine, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sports science and strength and conditioning – the very best in their different fields.

The requirement – facilitate the development of the Team GB medical support team to get ready to work together under pressure at the upcoming Games. This team comprises leading practitioners from the worlds of sports medicine, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sports science and strength and conditioning – the very best in their different fields.

The One Smart World 4D-i /4Dimensions Inventory is a platform for accelerating collaborative teamwork. It begins with profiling different thinking preference styles. It allows individuals to comprehend how they prefer to operate but it also enables individuals working in a team environment to develop a common language and hence collaborate effectively with others around them.

As Hopkins states. “This is a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of 35 world-class experts whose job will be to support the athletes and help to create an environment that enables athletes to achieve their potential – ultimately delivering medals for Team GB.”

Hopkins highlights the importance of the many support teams that work behind the scenes in this high performance environment. “Every successful athlete relies heavily on the expertise and emotional support of a team of people with a diversity of skills. Collaboration is key and my role is to help this particular team work together effectively in order to fully deliver for each and every athlete.”

The medical & science team will be on location throughout the games and have been heavily involved with Team GB in the build-up period. The key was to prepare them in advance and lay important ground work to enable them to work effectively as a team when they arrive in Rio.

Hopkins continued, “The team will have to collaborate and learn to think together to work out solutions. I chose the 4D-i system in order to map the team members’ styles for creative, analytical and critical thinking. This increased understanding of self and others allowed us to develop collaborative thinking processes to guide the group in all its’ planning, conflict resolution and problem solving.”

James Moore, Deputy Chef de Mission for Performance Services for Team GB, states,” This is an excellent tool that allowed a diverse group of high performing individuals to get to know each other in a non-judgmental way. It allowed people to share how they prefer to operate and hence helped shape discussions about how we take this blend of individuals and make them a successful and effective team.”

As the team prepares to head to Rio, Hopkins reflects on the key outputs. “We ran a series of individual de-briefs for each team member and four team workshops over six months and we are now in the position where we have created a common language. Each team member uses agreed and understood terminology that removes any confusion around situations and allows for quick and effective decision making. This speed and efficacy is something that will be vital on the ground, as during the games the team will be communicating, collaborating and problem solving in a highly stressed environment where critical decisions will be made on a daily basis. The decisions that they make together will have critical impact on the athletes’ performance.”

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