The famous and colorful N.Y. Yankee coach, Casey Stengle, once said, “Gettin’ good players is easy.  Gettin’ ’em to play together is the hard part.”
Well, we are fully into the Olympic games being held in Rio de Janeiro and there are many specific games that attract our attention.  There is soccer, field hockey, swimming, track and field, etc.
However, consider the Olympic game of rowing or crew.
Probably, no other game played in Rio epitomizes the power of team and teamwork.
To be fully successful, each member of the eight person crew must completely synchronize their efforts of rowing.  The two basic movements of a crew team include the use of the oar in two harmonious motions.
The first motion is the catch or the placement of the oar in the water.  As the oar is pulled against the water the member of the team pushes against the seat toward the bow.  This is done by the individual rower extending their legs.
The second motion is called the extraction which means the rower brings the blade out of the water and up to their chest.
The process is then repeated until the finish line is crossed.
Of course, this complete action propels the crew boat or shell or sweep boat forward in the competition.
Success is determined by the team pulling together in as perfect harmony as possible.  This maximizes everyone’s effort and minimizes wasted movement.
George Pocock said of crew, “Eight hearts must beat as one in an eight oared shell or you don’t have a crew!”
One other intriguing fact about this strenuous sport is that it is physically demanding.  Each member of the crew utilizes all of the major muscles of the body (triceps, quads, abdominal muscles, etc.).  Therefore, there is the individual element required in the team process which demands full engagement of that rower.
One would be hard pressed to find such a comparable sport for endurance, full muscular involvement along with the engagement of the team concept.
Consequently, in the business world, the parallels are obvious for success.  We can help propel your “crew” so that they can become or be sharpened to become a team  of purpose and united to “row” together towards your company’s vision.
The business team must “pull together” and be in synch and each team member must utilize all of their abilities, skills and strength so that the team can be successful.  Is your team “rowing” as one?  What areas can be strengthened?  Is each individual equipped with rest and the process to contribute equally?