33Michael Phelps - A Teachable Moment
- Feb 4, 2009Like many other people, I was amazed at the
athletic ability of Michael Phelps this
past summer. For a 23 year old to win 8 gold medals
says something about his determination. He also handled
his celebrity with a degree of maturity, and has made
a commitment to using his time and money to get kids
involved in swimming.Many companies thought he would be a good
spokesperson, including Kellogg.
Yet, with the recent publication of Michael using
marijuana at a college party, and his own admission
that he made a mistake and regrets his actions,
companies now have to consider whether or not he should continue
to serve as their spokesperson.
As a parent, teacher or coach, how would you handle
Michael Phelp's situation?
Perhaps having a conversation with a focus on the following
individuals would be helpful?
What would you do if:
you were Michael's mom?
you were Michael's coach?
you were Michael's teammate?
you were an executive at Speedo (Michael is a spokesperson)?
you were an executive at Kellogg (Michael' picture has been posted
on cereal boxes)?