Out of Many, One…

If you work for a large corporation like I do, you know that distributed teams are the norm.  Often, folks working on the same project or team are spread across the country or globe.  Creating a strong team bond with folks who don’t live or work in the same city can be difficult.

My team of employees at work is spread out like this.  For the longest time, we met only via conference calls.  But you know how that goes.  People multitask.  Surf the web.  Stop paying attention.  To curb that, about a year ago, we moved all of our interactions from just being conference calls to video calls.  We hold our team meetings via video calls (like Skype) and supplement that with occasional face-to-face meetings.  It works for us, and has really helped us build a strong team dynamic.

I’m proud of this, but the best example I’ve ever seen of creating a solid, robust, and dynamic distributed team falls outside of corporate America, and instead comes from the world of Triathlon.

Revolution 3 triathlon yearly does an amazing job of taking athletes from all over the country and building an amazing team.

And I’m really glad to announce that this year, for the fourth year in a row, I’m part of Team Rev3!

Rev3 assembles some really stellar and passionate triathletes as part of the team.  We have some super fast folks, a crazy lady who has completed 62 iron-distance triathlons, stay-at-home mom’s, fitness experts, more than a handful of triathlon coaches, and even a few folks who are embarking on triathlon for the first time this year.  And moi – the resident old & slow guy. 

The fact of the matter is that the folks on this team become part of a family.  We’re always emailing, texting, tweeting, and facebooking.  We support each other at races – both when we’re there in person and virtually.  We revel in each others’ success.  We try to boost each other up when something bad happens.  We become one.

We have a common goal.  A synergistic drive.  We all want Rev3 to be the best triathlon series in America.  We’re proud to sport the Big R on our chest….sort of like a Triathlon super hero. 

I’ll be updating my Team Rev3 link off the homepage with all of the updated websites Twitter feeds soon, but please join me in congratulating the newest folks on Team Rev3:

  • Ron Searle (Chicago, IL)
  • Nina Jack (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Brittany Banker (Augusta, GA)
  • Tonia Blanchet (Glen Allen, VA)
  • Tracy Endo (Sterling, VA)
  • Dave Naelon (Davidson, NC)
  • Laura Kloepper (Providence, RI)
  • Susan Haag (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Kate McDowell (Ellicott City, MD)
  • David Callahan (Nashville, TN)
  • Summer Ohlendorf (Madison, WI)
  • Rachel Stephenson (Raleigh, NC)
  • Steve Muckerheide (Orlando, FL)