In 1998, following another disappointing regatta in Cologne, Ben Hunt-Davis and the rest of his GB Eight rowing team realised that if they carried on doing what they were doing, they would keep getting what they’d been getting – which was a lot of 7th place finishes!
So instead, they decided to approach things differently, critically, asking the same simple question with every single action they took: ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’ Along their journey they learned the sustainable, dependable techniques that put them on track for their gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
We started Will It Make the Boat Go Faster? Ltd because we feel that so many of us struggle to identify the critical factors that would transform our careers, our businesses, our lives beyond. We spend too much time doing the things in front of us – wasting a lot of time doing the things that aren’t making a difference, rather than tackling the things that matter.
Now we want to share these strategies and techniques with you, giving you the tried and tested Olympic-winning strategies that will help you thrive in your chosen adventures.
The success that Ben and his crew achieved centred around what they did day in, day out. They established a set of performance principles, behaviours and strategies that enabled them to improve or maintain performance across all aspects of their work. Always the ultimate goal, a gold medal in Sydney, was underpinning their approach. Every day they challenged if what they were doing was making the boat go faster.
As a team we have been struggling with momentum and Cath’s speech was a perfect injection to us. The feedback we’ve had from the team has been overwhelmingly positive. They all commented and reflected on her messaging – they thought that it was awesome and have left feeling that anything is possible and that the small things really matter – it really hit home at the right time. Cath helped to make our event a huge success.
It was the best money I spent last year, the best decision I made.
Ben tells a timeless tale of daring to do things differently to succeed – a story that truly resonated with my audience of mid-senior managers. His combination of self-deprecation, humour and passion delivers a real punch and, coupled with his thorough research into my own organisation, allows him to take this tale of the extraordinary and make it accessible and relevant to the business world. I had nothing but positive feedback: I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.
I first saw Ben speak a number of years ago; the way he told his story and his singular focus on ‘making the boat go faster’ became a key driver in my organisation. We recently had Ben kick-off a two day session for the senior leaders in my current organisation and it had a similar effect with this new group of people. It set up our meeting well and ensured we remained focused on the challenges ahead throughout all of our discussions.
Working with the Will It? team has bought clarity of focus to our overarching ambition, as well as a focus on performance enhancement with the tools to support actions. The workshops and training are helping to build stronger trusted relationships and empowering everyone to lead more and challenge further the status quo. Having external guidance and input has been immensely valuable to support our team’s development and customer success strategy. I strongly recommend working with Ben, Tom and the team if you want to take your company to the next level.
The process of the Crazy Goal Workshop made me realise how big an opportunity there is at Matrix. I had hugely underestimated our potential as a business, which really surprised me. Everyone loved the Crazy goal language, and the joint creation of the goal really embedded our senior decision making team in the strategy of the business. I’ve been told it was the best off-site we’ve ever done and so different from anything anyone had experienced before.
Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? enabled us to break down the barriers & misconceptions surrounding personal development and delivered everything that we’d hoped for in our endeavour to attaining clarity on our strategy, goals and culture. Tom’s two facilitated workshops were the highlight of our engagement and exceeded all of my expectations. Inspirational.
Harriet’s delivery and engagement at our conference was excellent, and the messaging was simple and yet very effective.
Working with Jon and the team at WIMTBGF has been very eye opening and of massive value not only to me as an individual, but the team I manage and the whole business. Jon’s structured approach and free speaking presentation skills made it feel like we was the workshop rather than a classroom learning environment. I strongly believe the teaching and points discussed will be talked about and used by many for the better of the business and for years to come. In the short space we spent with the Jon, I personally have seen the impact and the changes to the overall culture of our business.