6 Team-building lessons from an adventure racer


Two-time Adventure Racing World Champion and two-time Guinness World Record distance kayaker Robyn Benincasa knows what it takes for a team to succeed. During the Borneo Eco-Challenge, Benincasa and her three teammates ran, paddled, mountain biked, climbed and whitewater-rafted over 300 miles in the rugged, leech-infested terrain. Since all teammates must complete the race to qualify, the harsh experience tests teamwork to the extreme.

Benincasa, a full-time firefighter and the director of fun for World Class Teams, applies the team-building lessons she learned in the wilderness to the corporate jungle.
[Photos courtesy of Robyn Benincasa]

Commitment


"Commitment starts when the fun stops," Robyn Benincasa told HR/benefits professionals at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference. Pictured here at the boat's bow, she offers 4 P's to understanding team commitment:

  • • Planning: Don’t forget the checkpoints
  • • Purpose: Inspire through a greater good
  • • Perseverance: Never let emotion affect locomotion
  • • Preparation: Luck is a result of opportunity and preparation




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