Les Trois Sports

I don´t know about you but the image of a Professor that I have in my mind is of someone who sits for hours reading in a room with his pipe and a chimney. And if he makes a move, is because he is going for a walk with his dog.

I know that Leadership Prof. Juan Carlos Pastor reads a lot. However, instead of a walk he trains really hard cycling, swimming and running. Thriathon is his passion.

Triathlon is considered by some to have its beginnings in 1920s France. According to triathlon historian and author Scott Tinley, the origin of triathlon is attributed to a race during the 1920s–1930s that was called variously “Les trois sports”, “La Course des Débrouillards”, and “La course des Touche à Tout.” This race is held every year in France near Joinville-le-Pont, in Meulan and Poissy.

In this video Prof. Pastor draws very interesting lessons from the 3 sports he practices. Leadership is also a matter of hard training he seems be saying all the time.

Chicago Heights

In “The American way of life” Ashley Montagu described Hell as the pocket edition of Chicago. Well, Organizational Behaviour Professor Tara Wernsing tells me that she doesn’t care about Chicago’s corrupt and dubious past. As a Chicagoan she just loves the vibe of the city, although she now lives in Madrid.

In this video Prof. Wernsing uses Chicago skyscrapers to talk about leadership. Among other things, she says that the one thing leadership and these amazing buildings have in common is that they both require dreamers and realists.

Something else Prof. Wernsing said off camera is that she has a feeling that there is a third career out there waiting for her. She doesn’t know exactly what but she is sure that some big change lies ahead. It’s incredibly interesting to hear her talk not only about her field of expertise but about life in general.

In addition to all this, she loves to run and practice different kinds of personal defense…

The 3 Ms

Sports Management Prof. Eduardo Fernandez-Cantelli talks about what running really means for him: Motivation, Meditation and Metamorphosis.

A lot of people run as a way to keep fit, but only few are able to extract daily life lessons from running. This is exactly the case of Management Sports Professor, Eduardo Fernandez-Cantelli. He says that when he talks about running he talks basically about the three Ms:

Motivation
Meditation
Metamorphosis

When he talks about these 3Ms he has in mind the book “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami. If you remember well, there was a short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” by Raymond Carver, from which Murakami took the title from. Bear in mind he has translated Carver´s works into Japanese. Nobody though has stablished yet what´s the relation between love and running. You wanna try it?

Prof. Fernandez-Cantelli says that there are three reasons to explain failure: Not enough training, not enoug training and not enough training. I really admire his determination and endurance.