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    Every new team goes through the stages of team development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Even Team Brunel. As their coach, Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel follows the developments closely and coaches the crew step by step in building up a close, open, balanced and self-managed team of strengths and trust that has everything it needs to excel in the race. ‘It’s a privilege’, she states, and ‘my best job ever.’

    Why is connection so important?
    ‘This edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is sailed with one-design boats. When all the boats are the same, it all comes down to the team. In “the human race”, the quality of the team defines the gain more than ever. Trust and teamwork, never ceasing to learn, responding quickly, and creativity and innovative solutions will make a difference. Moreover, a lot of research has been carried out in Crew Resource Management concerning safety on board of aircrafts and ships. If something goes wrong in such a team it is mainly because the leader has not listened to the lowest in rank, or the lowest in rank was not assertive enough. Consider programmes such as Air Crash Investigation in which the young inexperienced co-pilot sees that the experienced pilot has made a wrong decision, but is not brave enough to go against it.


    Preparing a DPA [Designed Partnership Alignment] as a team will provide clarity for everyone and help to build team culture. A DPA means that you make agreements together about matters such as: How do we communicate? When and how do we address each other? When and how do you say no? When do you broach someone about something that, in your opinion, can be done better? You will then speak up more easily. Meanwhile, Bouwe and I went along with this under the motto “Practise what you preach”: more explicit leadership, interaction in debriefings and subtitle why you have made certain decisions so that others will follow your example and put their reserves to one side.’

    Read the whole interview with Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel about
    "Friction and conflicts" online.

    Source "Improving Teams"
    by Uitgeverij Thema. 


    Leg 8 Lisbon - Lorient


    Collaboration skills today are increasingly complex as teams are becoming more geographically widespread. Even more challenges arise when teams span different departments and/or diverse cultures. By increasing your understanding about how teams work, you can improve your collaboration skills and achieve higher quality results for yourself and your team. By expressing yourself as an accountable team member, you set a good example and invite others to do the same.

    A happy crew on shore is a happy crew on the boat

    Bouwe Bekking, skipper

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    Effective collaboration leads to better results for your project, team or organisation. You will learn how being a self-steering, transparent and accountable team member will improve your ability to contribute effectively to successful team performance.

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    The Volvo Ocean Race consists of 9 legs that are relevant for tying into Schouten’s communication. Each leg goes to a different country. .

    We will focus on a content theme in each leg, based on Schouten Global’s services. In fact, we select the ‘gauges’ among our products to highlight the similarities between daily practice in businesses and the developments of Bouwe and his team. And of course to clarify Schouten Global’s role in this process. 

    Leg 8/9 Lisbon - Lorient
    Collaboration & Trust
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