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5 Lessons from the Boat Race – Pick your best 8, not your 8 best

March 31, 2016

It was tremendous to see Cambridge end a three year run of defeats with a win at the 2016 boat race. Rowing crews epitomise teamwork, powering along in unison while using all of their individual strength.


In this video Mark de Rond shares his insights having lived with a Cambridge Rowing Crew for a year. Essential wisdom for leaders of high performing people in teams, including:

· High performers are less ‘teachable’

· 40 compete for 8 seats – pick your best 8 not your 8 best

· Collaborate perfectly

· Make allowances for difficult behaviour

· Individuals have their own insecurities

For more on how to build the best team, explore our range of team building activities

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