The world of reality TV has adopted a literary procedure in recent years, the backstory. The ‘backstory’ is a device used by authors to set the current events into context, in order that we we may understand the significance of what is happening.
It is interesting to see how the ‘backstory’ is being used by journalists in these Olympics to add to the already intense drama. There are some fascinating background stories that have made great reading, from amazing recoveries from injuries through to slow but succesful rehabilitation after abuse by coaches. What we have seen in the last few days is made even more enthralling as we understand that people are much more than just athletes, or gymnasts or boxers.
Of course,we all have a ‘backstory’ of our own, although it may not be as dramatic as some that we have been hearing. However, we have all been through personal and career highs and lows. They have helped make us the person that we are, but sadly at work we are often recognised for what we do rather than for who we are.
So, it’s time to start looking at your colleagues and teams as more than just job titles. To help you remember this let me share with you this video from a man much wiser than I will ever be. I don’t apologise for continually referring to this video and hope that you find it as inspirational as I do.