What does a stroke of the oars have to do with efficiency?

A rowing stroke is a rhythmically repeated movement process, characterized by dipping, pulling and lifting of the rudder.

At what point of this three-stage process is the boat moving the fastest? Please think for a few seconds.

This is what I often ask my clients in the water, and the following explanation always brings a lot of clarity about the effectiveness within a team structure, respectively about the boat speed (= SUCCESS).

The boat is actually the fastest just before the rudder blades are put back into the water for the next oar stroke. From this fact, we come to interesting conclusions that can also apply to business:

  • The boat is fastest when it is NOT actively driven forward.
  • A high effort only makes sense when it is combined with a conscious resting phase without active use of force.
  • An accelerating movement in the front with the motivation to increase the boat speed leads to the contrary.

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