The 21st Century Business Leader

Osaka, Japan.

I am watching the race to be the fastest man on the planet.

It is a hot and humid evening in the magnificent Nagai stadium. The night sky is clear and there is a warm breeze, although not enough to help the athletes. The large, knowledgeable crowd fall silent as the eight contenders approach their starting blocks. They look focused and confident, but also nervous or scared. Who will become the world 100m champion?

In the commentary box, Michael Johnson, a sprint legend – nine times world champion himself, and still a double world record holder – watches the athletes closely. He knows that they are all in superb physical shape, they each have excellent records in previous competitions, and he can reel off the times they have previously run to one hundredth of a second.

But those statistics will not determine the winner tonight …

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