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Title's the best bit
on 17 November 2016
I applaud Ben's talent and dedication to the cause to train as he did to be in the rowing team and achieve the Olympic success but the book is just not up to the mark, alas. The book starts with a rather chippy statement on page 1 about the selection policy in the rowing squad and doesn't really recover from there.
I've read any number of books on teamwork and personal organisation and have attended quite a few courses whilst employed by large companies; unfortunately I can't see how this book stands out from the crowd, other than with the rowing anecdotes. Having said that, my experience of corporate life is such that any teamwork courses will lead to improvements so good for Ben and Harriet for bringing those improvements.
I was somewhat flummoxed as to how the experiences of a few very fit, talented and ultra-aggressive young men would translate to the corporate world; I am not sure I'm any the wiser after reading. It is perhaps unfortunate that their method to win the Sydney final was to ignore the work of the previous 24 months on 'process not results' and change tactics completely less than 24 hours before the race. On the other hand...... maybe it was their closeness, openness and teamwork that enabled them to believe and to switch their approach without rehearsal to such good effect - the book didn't answer that point.
I have to say, though, that this didn't really provide any benefit to me other than a useful catchphrase to lob into corporate conversations from time to time.