Post Rio – A New Talent Acquisition Cycle Begins

The Rio Olympics are over and many of the governing bodies and organisations involved will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. The initial sentiment appears to be that despite numerous challenges and setbacks, the Games were a success. Nevertheless, the stresses and strains, some of them starting from when the city was elected back in 2009, can be gruelling for all involved in bringing such a large and complex event to fruition.  Subsequently, in the aftermath we often see a revolving door of departures and new appointments, as top managers in the various stakeholders restructure their middle and senior management before the preparation for the next games begins.

This changing of the guard is often the result of either a new CEO/President taking over, or simply due to the attritional nature of the sector. The hectic pace and extreme demands placed on organisations in the long period of preparation and running any large games can often lead to key staff moving on once the Olympic flame has been extinguished. This is not an ideal outcome as organisations forfeit a lot of valuable knowledge and experience, but this is often the reality in a world where seven years with one employer is the equivalent of twenty in previous generations.

Consequently, new games or world championships in a new hosting country/city can also see organisations seek to acquire new people with the necessary acumen, cultural understanding and linguistic skills. Governing bodies and Federations need staff who can work seamlessly with the new OGOC to ensure that planning and scheduling arrangements are adhered to.
Where is this new talent found?

•    Organising committees from the previous Games often move on to the next host

•    Sports masters programs provide new talented candidates

•    Specialist Sport Practices within the Executive Search industry

Where ever you are in the cycle, be prepared for the roller coaster ride leading up to next Championships, Tokyo 2020 and beyond!