Our staff had a fabulous day of sunshine and team building today out at Deep Cove in North Vancouver in dragon boats. We learned a few stroke techniques, developed some common vocabulary, practiced our paddling, and had a race. I think the main thing we learned is that you must paddle together or you do not move forward. It is so important to find that place of harmony and rhythm so that you work together as a team. There is no one at the front driving the bus. We all do the paddling together. We are all providing the push to move us along. No one person is more important as the group together. The person at the back steering the craft was very important as he made decisions about when to turn or when to stop. Yet still without the group effort we could not move forward.
We also learned that by staying focused on the task that you win the race. Trash talking to your opponents does not help you with moving forward more quickly. It only serves to have you get distracted and lose focus. Keeping an eye out for each other and trying your best to match the rhythm of those around you is what keeps us moving forward. These are such important lessons in working together as a team. It was great to get to know a few more staff and as always to share in the fun and laughter. We also learned that we can count on each other to lend a hand, dig deep to find our strength and power, and keep us moving forward together. We have begun a wonderful journey.