Guiding a Crew - 3 Tips for Project Managers
|Shawn Berney guiding Pillow Rock on the Upper Gauley River, WV (Fall 2000)|
As another summer long weekend arrives, I spent some time reflecting on it being 21 years ago this spring that I arrived at the New River Gorge in WV.
I left my job at Radio Shack - a job I had been working for around 5 years since grade 10 of high school - packed up my volkswagen golf with camping / paddling / rock climbing gear and and headed for the hills of WV.
In the following week, I would paddle some of the states most spectacular and challenging rivers. Hooked, I spent the next 3 years travelling between WV and Kamloops, British Columbia learning the trade of adventure guiding.
Here are several of the lessons that I learned as a guide that help me in Project Management:
- The boat moves forward best when we are all paddling together. If we aren't paddling together, we look like an epileptic spider bouncing down the river.
- If you want reliable results, be disciplined in your approach and ask for things in a calm way.
- Sometimes you are the guide, sometimes you are the crew, and sometimes you share the responsibility and paddle together. Always know which one of those you are doing.
|Shawn Berney riding the pillow with his crew on the Upper Gauley, WV |
(this photo taken a few seconds before the image on top)