You Need a Clear Plan Based on Knowing What’s Ahead
As a river outfitter I would train several new guides every year and we would spend a lot of time learning how to read the river, which is a critical skill for any guide. Equally important is the ability to know when and how to scout. To do this we pulled the raft to the bank and hiked to a vantage point to see what was ahead. Each guide was required to explain what he thought was the best route and why.
After everyone had a chance to share, I gave my assessment and pointed out the dangers of each option and how to minimize those challenges. We then mapped out the best course. Once we were on the same page we would return to the raft and take turns following the plan. Sometimes things went perfectly; other times not so much. Either way we would learn something from it.
You Need to Develop a Great Crew to Have a Successful Run
Having one great paddler is not all that great. Canoeists are usually great paddlers but a raft guide has to try hard not to wince when he get a canoeist on his crew. Because the canoeist can draw, cross-draw, pry, sweep and use an assortment of strokes, it means he can do things the guide would not normally expect. When that happens the guide has to make counter adjustments in order to get the raft back on track.
Rather than depend on one paddler, the guide’s challenge is to develop a team, with everyone in the right position in the boat. When everyone works together as a balanced crew the results are excellent. If the “great” paddler won’t listen to instructions, the guide has the right to kick him off the trip if the safety of the crew is in question.
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Dwight Grant is a seasoned businessman with over 30 years of leadership experience. He lives in CO where he enjoys whitewater rafting, mountain biking and spending time with family.