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I was involved with coaching, it's the girls' rowing team many years ago to win a new New England championships. It's a rowing race. It's very big. It's pretty hard to win and I've been involved with the training period right the start. But as the season went on when I was back in Australia. The girls kept on calling me saying, we haven't won, you know. We did that work with you and we haven't won any races and we keep, you know, we just get places and you know, we thought we'd be winning. And I said to them, hang on, you told me you wanted to win the New England championships. You didn't tell me you wanted to win every race of the season. So what did you want? And they said, we want to win the New England championships. So well, until you've won it or lost it, this is all silly discussion or silly distractions.
So one morning, 6:00am Sunday morning I think it was, I got a phone call. Ahhhh everyone's going berserk. They've won the New England championships. And I asked them to relay how it happened. And they said we were all in the boat and there's a feeling you get, when all is rowing in time, there's a feeling that the whole boat sort of lifts and picks up a pace that you couldn't have gotten either way unless it was exactly the right timing. And they said, they saw the other boats around them and they had this awareness. It's happening because they've been preparing for it for so long. And it happened. And there's two things that's happening. There was one, everybody was completely focused on the one goal and everybody knew it was their time and they've been thinking about preparing for a long time. But two, they'd also been thinking about how they wanted to be in the boat and what dynamic they wanted to have between each other. And when they're rowing, they're all looking for that. Come on, let's get in time. Let's get in time to lift the boat to that extra speed that's only available when we're all in perfect harmony.
Now in a business, the same rules apply that it needs to be that place where we're heading to, that goal we're trying to achieve. But there's also gotta be the way that we want to all perform together. What is it that we're trying to achieve? How are we trying to be so that we can unleash that ability and achieve that talent? And sometimes, those are in metrics in the workplace like budgets and KPI'S and the like. And sometimes they're in how we would rate our teams on how they make out of a hundred and tests like that. But what we've got to be aware of is that there's many distractions in things that aren't actually relevant to the end product. And that's where you... Don't get caught up in those thinking. That's performance.