Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:24
An update from MCEDC President Pam Cumpata,
Do you Dragon Boat Race? Well, last Saturday, I did on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. If you are unfamiliar with a Dragon Boat, let me give you a little perspective. The boat hold 20 rowers- 10 people on each side, a small seat in front of the boat for the drummer and then someone to steer standing on the back. The boat is long and narrow, stable if you are sitting correctly with your hip against the side wall. Shifting of weight from one side to the other can cause instability and into the water your team goes. According to our team captain, the key to our success is synchronizing our strokes and listening to the drummer. Brute strength would not win the race. So, it was the first heat of the day. The skies are overcast and about 65 degrees with strong winds, but we were ready to go. We loaded the boat, paddled to the starting line, the horn blew and we were off! Well, while we had the best of intentions, in the heat of the race, my team lost all synchronization – even with our best rowing efforts, we finished last in our heat and 67 out of 70 teams. Did I mention, our time was worse than a team of 60 and 70 year old women and we had 6 men out of the 20 paddlers on our boat? So the moral of this dragon boat story is that teamwork, trust, communication and a common vision (synchronization) is critical to success.Read more: Economic Development is a team sport!
Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 12:57