How the Best Buddies Challenge 100-Mile Bike Ride Mirrors My Career

A few weeks ago, Joan Kim (a managing director in our San Francisco office) and I completed the Best Buddies Challenge – a 100 mile bike ride that follows the Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to San Simeon, where Hearst Castle stands. As I reflect back on the training, the ride and the subsequent events, a few similarities between the lessons I learned and my career at L.E.K. rise to the surface.

Nothing beats preparation – There are some things you just can’t fake. Our jobs require thorough work planning and frequent check-ins to ensure we are reaching our goals. A thoughtful approach, a well-planned training regimen and a game plan for race day all ensured we could make it to the finish line.

Hard when it’s easy, easy when it’s hard – This old biking adage (about how to approach climbs and descents) really resonates with me. The Best Buddies Challenge had over 8000 feet of climbing – we would never finish if each climb were attacked at full force. A key to success in both biking and consulting is to know when to push and when to take it easy.

Think of the big picture – At the end of the day, what kept our team going through long training rides and the actual race was the underlying goal of the ride – to raise money in support of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In our work it is often easy to forget the goal and mission of our projects, but taking a step back always helps contextualize and rekindle my drive to deliver results for our clients.

Enjoy the after party – Taking time to reflect and enjoy our accomplishment made the weeks of training and the exertion on race day worth it!

Add new comment