UK Olympian takes to the podium in Edinburgh for Gilson Gray

Dame Katherine Grainger discusses the cross-over between how business people and athletes approach their craft 

Britain’s most decorated female Olympian has given an “intimate” talk at the office of a leading Scottish law firm.
Dame Katherine Grainger, who was a gold medallist at the 2012 summer games, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion, gave an exclusive talk on leadership and achievement in sport last week to a selection of Scotland’s leading business people, organised by Gilson Gray.
The event – entitled ‘Leadership Lessons in Sport’ – was hosted in partnership with insurance agency TL Dallas.
Speaking at Gilson Gray’s newly expanded Edinburgh headquarters at Rutland Square, Dame Katherine said: “There is a huge cross-over in the way athletes and business people approach their craft.
“The pursuit of success in every area of your field to build something to be proud of is mirrored in both sides of what we do.
“Neither sport nor industry are ever static as we look to become smarter, better and faster to reach that next level. That is something that is true of success regardless of the setting, so I’m delighted to have been able to share my experiences today.”
During her talk, Dame Katherine underlined the importance of team honesty and the understanding of the small, marginal improvements that can be made by all members of a team, that combined can lead to a greater ‘step’ change.
Grainger took up rowing in 1993 whilst studying law at Edinburgh University and represented St Andrews Boat Club. Dame Katherine’s first Olympic medal came at Sydney 2000 in the woman’s quadruple sculls and brought Gold to GB in the2012 games in London.
Ricky Cowan, Business Development Director at Gilson Gray, said: “It is a great honour to welcome someone with the kind of outstanding achievements to her name that Katherine has to Gilson Gray.
“What she had to say truly resonates with our ethos here at Gilson Gray as we strive to provide the highest levels of client excellence and business performance possible.
“Everyone present today will come away from the experience with something to consider and something to apply to their professional life.”
Tom Aldridge, Director at TL Dallas, said: “Katherine’s vision, tenacity and unfaltering determination has helped her reach her own personal goals and deserved achievements.
“In business, a similar approach to hard work and continual self improvement is what sets great companies and leaders apart from good.
“It has been a privilege for our clients to gain a brief insight into the stories and emotion behind her medals.”