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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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15. On Learning and Development for Organizational Transformation

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

—Chief Brody (Jaws)

“Ha, ha, no chance!” The year was 2006, and I was sitting with British Cycling President Brian Cookson in Girona’s Plaza Independencia. Sipping on an ice-cold, and well-deserved, clara after a fine four hours cycling around the smooth roads of Baix Empordà, I listened for his reply: “Well, that’s quite a common reaction, but we’re going to do it.” Brian had just shared the main strategic goal for British Cycling—simple and startling: a British winner of the Tour de France within five years. Something that no one had really gotten near in over a century of the famous annual cycling race. Tom Simpson in 1967 and Robert Millar in ...

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