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In Times of Crisis, Keep the Boat Steady

In a year defined by uncertainty, company leaders need to think differently about how to set their teams up for success.

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The CEO of my first startup was a competitive rower in college. One of his teammates, who went on to compete in the Olympics, started a management training course that integrated classroom discussions with lessons on the water, rowing with a team. Our executive team attended one of his sessions. There are three lessons I took away from it that have stuck with me and feel especially important given the tough year we’ve had and the uncertainty that all companies continue to face during the pandemic.

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Lesson 1: Set the right pace

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