Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Rocking the Boat

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”- Jean-Paul Sartre

Years ago when Bill Reeb was facilitating one of our partner retreats, he told the story of partners in a boat. They had identified one of three islands where they wanted to go and they ALL started rowing. Then one partner said, “Maybe we should go to island number two?” They all changed course and started rowing to the second island. They were making progress when a different partner suggested the best decision would be go to island number three. You guessed it, they all agreed to change direction and go to island number three. This continued and they continued to go in circles, never reaching any of the islands.

A similar story can be applied to rocking the boat. All agree the firm boat should go towards the island of CAS or the island of Valuation. Then one or two partners (who aren’t rowing) start rocking the boat.

If you are part of a partner team or management team are you the one who moans and groans in the hallway after the partner meeting even though you agreed to set course for island #1? Quit rocking the boat and get busy rowing. Or, get out of the boat and go to another firm.

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  • "My penalty for rocking the boat was being traded."
  • Ted Lindsay

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