In our second year of participation, I discovered a startling fact — here was a pretty accurate people barometer!
Put a bunch of people in a boat on a river and their true personalities burst to the surface. The leaders, the followers, the laggards, the earnest, the brave, the timid, the balanced, the not-so-stable, the thinkers and the doers — all of them ‘bobbed up’ with amazing clarity.
I discovered that:
- Natural leaders, invariably sat in the stroke position on the boat. And followers in bow.
- The earnest were quick to lift the boats and put them on the water. The laggards waited until everyone else had lifted the boats, while lending a casual, little finger to steady the same.
- The brave gave it all they had while rowing, the timid conserved their energy.
- The more balanced held the boat rock steady while moving up and down the slide, the unstable wiggled in their seats.
- The laggards found fault with everyone else. The earnest shouldered the blame.
- The brave entered the water with a firm “catch”. The timid with a weak, last minute flip into the water.
- The thinker wanted a discussion every time he could get a word in, while the doer rowed on in silence.