I recently finished reading The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. It’s the story of “Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” And what a story! Even though it’s early in the year, I know this book will be one of my favorite books of 2016, the same way you watch a movie early on and know it is destined for Oscar nominations.
Before reading this book, I knew nothing about crew and little about the importance of the ’36 Olympics in the context of the Nazi propaganda machine and the controversy about U.S. participation in the games. This book is unforgettable portrait of that time, as well as a record of one person’s quest to overcome incredible odds to achieve something few of us can even relate to.
More than that, this is a book about teamwork and the exponential difference it makes in one’s ability to perform at levels beyond all expectations and accomplish things that no one would really believe possible.
If you’ve ever worked with an extraordinary team, you may have experienced the notion that some call “flow,” or “being in the zone.” It’s the place where true synergy kicks in and the whole far exceeds the sum of its individual parts. In rowing, this is referred to as “swing,” and when this crew achieves that level of performance, nothing can stop them. The story is so well written that the reader feels that he or she is right in the boat with the boys. And it’s a truly beautiful experience.
In business, this level of teamwork is transformational, and yet, it is also rare. Yet, it’s achievable! I speak from personal experience, as one who has been part of such a team and as one who has had the privilege to lead such a team. And now, I want to help you transform your team into a cohesive, high-performing, high-achieving team that gets the results you want.
It all starts with understanding what makes a team dysfunctional, so that you can avoid that, and exactly what it takes to turn your team into a competitive advantage for your organization. I can’t think of a better time to share this with you than right now, as you are preparing to have your best year ever.
If you are serious about having—and leading—the best possible team in 2016, join me for my FREE Webinar: Teamwork – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage. I look forward to seeing you there!
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