Engaging people to make a real difference
Like rather a lot of people in recent weeks I had the pleasure of visiting the Olympic Park in East London with my family for what I can only describe as a truly fantastic day watching some inspiring Paralympic athletes compete. In project professional mode I knew I would be impressed following what I had previously read and seen on the TV, the buildings and infrastructure, organisational planning, safety and security to name but a few. I could also not fail to be taken aback by the transformation that has taken place in this part of the capital.
What stood out head and shoulders and absolutely blew me away was the Games Makers. I would love to meet, congratulate and shake the hand of the person who led the people aspects of this programme. What the public saw in terms of people that were motivated, committed, impeccably dressed and there to help and give advice to anyone who needed it. This must have been the culmination of a detailed and well thought out and executed people strand. Every aspect of the Olympic and Paralympic programme has to be applauded but it is the people that brought it to life and boy did they do it well..
I have heard the word a lot recently and I am still not sure I am completely comfortable with the term Legacy and what it truly means. I do hope though that the UKs efforts since 2005 leave a lasting and positive mark overall but if other sporting and large scale events can replicate the games maker model we will take something very special from this summer into our future.