January 18, 2009

There Are Many I’s In Team

Everyone must be on the same page. Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. Many hands make light work. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Pick your cliché, any will do when you talk about teamwork.

Imagine

We travel in packs, so it’s safe to say you more often work in a team environment. A group of people all wandering in different directions can be extremely dangerous. But when we can share ideas with each other to help the common good, magic can happen.

Inspire

One of the coolest television shows last year was Long Way Down featuring actor Ewan McGregor along with his best mate and fellow actor Charley Boorman.

This was the follow-up to their original trip entitled Long Way Around which began in April 2004. The goal of that trip was to literally take the long way around the earth - on motorcycles.

Charley, Ewan and their crew left from London, crossed over to mainland Europe then rode to France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada, into the U.S. and finally arrived in NYC.















You don’t just wake up one more morning and try this. It takes a lot of preparation and a lot of people.

Integrate

In January 2004 the boys began intense physical training which included weights, boxing, and cardio. In between workouts, they joined the rest of the team for intense road planning research. They also had to educate themselves on issues such as possible bear attacks, language barriers, passports, every possible weather condition, medicine, proper supplies and just for fun there was a television crew filming everything from day one.

They also had to be trained to deal with survival issues, possible hostile environments and of course first-aid. Nutritionists, GPS experts and seasoned outdoor travelers were consulted. All this to prepare for their mammoth trip.

Implement

They made it. A trip of several lifetimes done. No need to push any more envelopes.




















Three years later, they wanted to do another trip. This time, Scotland to South Africa. The same detail had to go in to this trip as with the last. They ran in to some passport issues and Ewan broke his leg which delayed things. But when you see them riding their bikes around the Great Pyramid of Giza or stopping to bungee jump over Victoria Falls, it's proof the prep was well worth it.

Long Way Around was 115 days covering 15,000 miles. Long Way Down covered more than 20,000 miles in 85 days.

Initiate

You may not have the desire to spend twelve months of your life training and riding motorcycles but the elements are the same. You have to imagine the idea , inspire the rest of the team to get moving, integrate everyone involved and implement the plan.

How many I's on your team?

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