Tip 1.1 Team members understand each others differences, priorities and styles.

The Boys in The Boat is the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, they were never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.

The reason they won? The team was healthy and aligned. They strategically decided who should sit in which seat on the boat, they understood each other’s strengths and they had a strong desire to win. They all knew what they needed to do to support the team and most important of all, they kept their mind in the boat.

What does it take for a leadership team to be fully aligned? Pretty much the same thing. The team needs to do the tough work of exploring each other’s strengths, weaknesses, styles and priorities. Too often team members don’t have a deep understanding of each others priorities. This can lead to siloes and an ineffective team lacking the necessary cohesion required to win!

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