Winning Together

Winning Together

“If you do not make a total commitment to whatever you are doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It is tough enough getting the boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.” – Lou Holtz

My new favorite analogy for collaboration and teamwork is competitive crew (rowing). Why? Everyone is in the boat together. Everyone is rowing in the same direction … and everyone on the team is synchronized. Great things happen when rowers work together and cause the sum to become more powerful than its parts.

For example, a competitive crew team can propel their boat 15 miles per hour. By working together, these teams can pull a 180 pound man behind their boat on waterskies. Note to pull a 180 pound man on waterskies, rowers need to cut through the water at 10 miles per hour.

In business, each rower represents an individual or team. Each individual or team must work together to be synchronized. When someone stands up or stops rowing, the sum loses its power. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Work together to win together.

All contents copyright © 2015, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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