We’re heading towards the end of the Mediterranean season in yachting and this is the month for boat shows in the area, hence my focus has turned to supporting yacht crew with my coaching and training.
In my Championship Crew training, I introduce personal development to yacht crew, in order to help them work together more congruently. If you’re not familiar with personal development, you may be asking ‘What is it?’
In my Championship Crew training program, there are two key focuses.
The first focus is on each individual crew member understanding him/herself on a deeper level, discovering exactly why they do what they do. At the same time, they grow more conscious of why other crew members do what they do. If we don’t take the time to understand ourselves and others better it’s easy to fall into the trap of laying blame, justifying and pointing fingers self-righteously.
The second focus is on developing a Code of Honour, which I adopted from Blair Singer’s Team Code of Honor: The Secret of Champions in Business and in Life (No, that’s not a spelling mistake, ‘honour’ is simply spelt differently in the States). Other ways to describe the Code of Honour is to call it culture or environment. Sometimes it naturally falls into place with the help of great leadership. But most times it helps to take time to develop one consciously because in the absence of rules, especially under pressure, people develop their own rules. And yachting is well-known for its high-pressure environments. Developing and enforcing the Code of Honor is not always easy, but it is worth it!
When implementing and enforcing a Code of Honour in my previous business I have found numerous benefits, such as that the right people gravitate towards it and the wrong ones select themselves out. This alone makes managing people so much easier. Further, a team of champions keeps themselves and others uber accountable, more so than a hierarchal structure. When everyone is overtly on the same page, and not just by default, team members feel safe and secure and hence can perform to their best of their abilities. This is what championship teams (and championship crew) are made of!
I attended my first personal development programs in 2006 and have been on a quest to understand myself and others since then. What I’ve learned is that we can go through life on autopilot, doing what we do with little consideration of why we do it. While everyone has challenges in their personal and professional capacities, many people don’t look at the root causes. Because of this, people repeat patterns, they go from one relationship to another, or from one job to the next, repeating the same behaviour and coming up against similar challenges, thinking that it’s the job or the person that’s the problem.
I have chosen a path (or it has chosen me, we’ll never know) of enquiry in the realm of human behaviour. This does not mean that I don’t repeat patterns, or that I don’t have challenges. Of course, I do! It simply means that I have an awareness of dynamics as they play out and hence am either in a position to do something about it or simply observe the universe in motion. The disclaimer here is that the price of awareness is responsibility.
It is hugely rewarding to watch people rise up to challenges, empower themselves and others and live to their highest potential, both individually and in teams. If you’d like to explore how your team can become one of champions, feel free to email me here or book a call .
I leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
‘An unexamined life is not worth living’ – Socrates
Till next time,