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Oarsmen: The Image of a Performing Team

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What does teamwork look like? If you are unsure take a moment, sit by a river and wait. You’ll soon see.


They rowed early through the morning mist


in silence

except for the muffled beat of wood on rollick

and with each stroke their oars lifted in perfect rows

to catch the water and pull through

then surfaced

blades rotated and curving up

shedding droplets

skimming the current at equal height

and the oarsmen bent to their task

each in his own meditation but connected to the other

and the rhythm in one was the rhythm in all

and the boat moved forward against the current

leaving no wake

as if it were part of nature.

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