Taking part in the iconic Head of the Charles Regatta event that took place in Cambridge, MA, on October 22-24, I was inspired to share my thoughts on a theme that’s guided my approach to business leadership: rowing.

Having been actively engaged in rowing and or coaching since 1982 after picking up my first oar during my first week in college, I’ve come to appreciate the sport as a metaphor for life and business. Indeed, whether building a company or rowing a race, the core principles of teamwork, commitment, strategy and trust are essential elements to achieve successful outcomes and the team’s overall mission.

“The way power is applied is more important than how much power is applied”

My novice rowing coach has taught me a valuable life lesson that I have never forgotten and have always embraced. He said, “The way power is applied is more important than how much power is applied.” My college team and I quickly learned how true and impactful that statement was by seeing how a smaller and less powerful crew with better technique, fitness, determination and more efficient power application, could beat bigger, stronger crews.

Riverfront Recapture Team

Once again proving the wisdom of my coach, my current rowing club, Riverfront Recapture based in Hartford, CT, participated in four days of racing this past August at U.S. Rowing’s Masters Nationals in the “Secret City” of Oak Ridge, TN. We were not the largest club among the 1,500 plus entries, but were among the most effective and efficient. We raced to medals in 46 events – 24 Gold, 11 Silver and 11 Bronze – and earned our second Team Championship Trophy in four years! Again, proving that the way we applied our power as a team helped us achieve our goals.

Success is a function of cooperation and coordination, not the sum of individual efforts

That same coach used to tell us that “spring medals are won in January.” Successful teams know that performance is a function of cooperation and coordination, not a sum of individual efforts. Races are not won on race day, but rather over the year (or years) of dedicated training and preparation. The hard work and training done during the cold winter months, long before we were back on the water, was a critical component to high performance and future success.

Throughout my career as an entrepreneur, I’ve applied these principles. I have endeavored to recruit not only the best athletes and colleagues who can apply their expertise and power in just the right way, but the best team players. And as a team, Diameter Health is putting in the hard work to continually improve our technology in terms of functionality, scalability and performance so that it delivers winning results for our customers.

With a tuned-in focus on our team, Diameter Health will be sharing a series of blog posts on key topics where team members have particular expertise and experience to share. From clinical informatics to enterprise data architectures, from how to achieve a return on investment from clean, interoperable clinical data, to the latest industry standards like FHIR, we will be highlighting topics that matter to you.

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