Knowing when to bend the rules (Editorial)

Thoughtful consideration, not blind adherence to policy, makes for good HR
By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/13/2006

Men’s hockey aside, Canada did very well at the Winter Olympics hauling in a record number of medals. But there was one “could-have, should-have got” that serves as a lesson beyond Turin’s Olympic spectacle.

Dale Begg-Smith, a 21-year-old Vancouver native, won gold in freestyle skiing. Unfortunately, he won it for Australia.

Begg-Smith was more than just a teen ski-mogul prodigy when he lived full time in Canada. He was also a budding entrepreneur starting up his own Internet business. Seems that between school, work and sports he was only able to devote a certain amount of time to each endeavour. And that wasn’t good enough for the Canadian Junior Ski Team, which has strict rules about the amount of training time someone must commit to if he intends to pursue Olympic dreams.