The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver was something of a study in how to deal with adversity and setbacks—and all the more valuable for the fact that it took place on a global stage. Were there leadership lessons within it? Of course: For wherever there are decisions to be made, there are examples of leaders stepping forward. Here, then, is a brief summary of some of the major issues dealt with at the ceremony, and how they were managed.
Remember the opening ceremony at the Beijing Games last summer? Of course you do—everyone does. Director Zhang Yimou spent over 100 million dollars, employed some 15,000 performers, and delivered an unforgettable spectacle to the watching world. Imagine, then, being put in David Atkins' shoes, and charged with directing the first opening event of a major games since. And being handed some 60 to 70 percent less of a budget than the last guy had. Stressful, much?