It's hard to imagine isn't it?
Earlier this week I heard an inspirational talk from Dr Emma Mitchell at the Marlow Chamber of Commerce business meeting. Emma is one of the six (in total) women who put their everyday lives on hold in 2015 for 9 months, to raise money to support women who have had to face adversity and overcome life changing events.
They covered 8,446 miles, from San Francisco to Cairns, Australia.
Emma shared with us a glimpse of the all-female, coxless crew’s journey across the unpredictable Pacific Ocean. She described how they adjusted to living in close quarters with three other women. They battled with seasickness, were overawed with golden sunsets and the starry night sky. They were circled by sharks and provided a microclimate for shoals of fish beneath the hull. The seawater destroyed essential electrical equipment in the first few days and they had no choice but to turn around and get it fixed before heading off again.
The sheer resilience and determination of these 6 women (three of them completed shorter legs of the trip) was truly inspiring. How do you keep going when you have lost site of the shore, and although you know your final destination you can’t physically see it. How do you prepare for the inevitable obstacles that are going to challenge you on the journey?
Emma shared a few of the things that kept them going in the face of adversity. One was remembering their team mission, and also re-visiting their team values which they had defined before leaving San Francisco. Exploring what was important to them about how they intended to work together as a team, enabled them to support each other through the peaks and troughs.
These are the attributes they agreed would help them focus on working as a team, and stay motivated when the going got tough.
The SPIRIT of the Coxless Crew
If you are part of a team, what is important to you and your colleagues about how you work together? Do your team values align with your personal values, and do they dovetail with the company values? If you would like to explore how to define your team values, do get in touch.
You can read more from Emma and the All Four Coxless Crew, on their website here – prepare to be inspired!