Leadership / Coaching / Sports

What We Can All Learn From a College Rowing Team

June 24, 2013
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Indie author Whitney Mitchell

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Success, in an organization and in life, is not a solo effort. It’s created through working together, working in sync with colleagues, clients, and valued friends or family.

Through this reciprocity, small ideas grow into big plans, local efforts have a global impact, and productive managers become great leaders.

It’s the power of leading without a title and getting greater results through coordinated efforts.

In his new book “Working in Sync,” Whitney Mitchell tells the stories of eleven highly successful professionals who learned the principles of connection and teamwork on the Dartmouth class of ’86 crew – which he coached.

After a twenty-fifth team reunion, Whit wanted to find out the secret to their successes. He conducted months of one-on-one interviews, uncovering outstanding insights on life, business, and success.

And he saw a direct connection to his executive coaching clients.

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Why do some teams succeed in turning around while others flounder and fail? Here’s a portion of what Whit Mitchell said recently:

Q: How does one effectively engage and motivate employees to “jump on board” with organizational change and to row in the same direction?

Whit: If I could give one tip to leaders it would be this: Engage people by asking questions more often than giving information about yourself. Find out about your team and make them feel important. Tell them what they’re doing right more than what they’re doing wrong and they’ll do more of what they’re doing right.
Tell them what they’re doing right more than what they’re doing wrong and they’ll do more of what they’re doing right.

…When you engage other people and you become interested in others and you listen well, people will stay engaged with you. The minute you start interrupting and talking about yourself and what your plans are, you’re going to shut people down and they will stop listening to you.

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