How It Works

 Latitude 35 is about running leadership and team building programs that teams can benefit from far beyond the day itself. Latitude 35 uses a 50/50 approach, 50% academic and 50% experiential in order to teach leadership and high performance team building. Using world-class athletes, CEO’s, and academics, Latitude 35 leverages the experiences of these people in order to properly identify, teach, and develop areas where participants can become stronger leaders or members of high functioning teams. The second half of the program focuses on giving participants an experience that can allow them to safely test and push the limits of their strengths as a leader or teammate in a safe but challenging environment.

This 50/50 approach will give participants the tools necessary to become great leaders if new to management, and allow veteran managers an opportunity to adopt new attributes as a direct result of their experience with us. The approach will further its value by putting the lesson in the context of a rich and memorable experience which will increase retention and strengthen the bonds to the other team-members. Without setting the proper environment for retention, we will become nothing more than a fun day on the water and outside the office. But with retention we create an experience that can be looked back upon, referenced to, built upon, and ultimately leveraged for the success of those who participated.


Sample Full-Day Rowing Agenda

Elapsed Time Description
00:00 - 00:15Participants arrive at boathouse and continental breakfast is served.
00:15 - 00:45Latitude 35 introduces their team. The day’s activities are described in detail, and the Latitude 35 Timeline is introduced.
00:45 - 1:15Creation and connection of teams are started and strengthened through the pennant formation exercise. Goals for the day are identified. Teams present their pennants to each other.
1:15 -  1:45Latitude 35 leads a debrief of the creation and connection portion of the Timeline. Why was this so important? What are the consequences of not spending time on these portions of team building? Latitude 35 tells a story on answering the question “why”?
1:45 - 1:55Walk down to the Rowing docks
1:55 - 3:45First Rowing Session: Teams are introduced to their coaches and experienced rowers. They are taken on the rowing machines and given a tutorial on the proper rowing stroke. Teams are then placed in their rowing shells to continue the process of building a high-performance team. Coaches take their teams through drills and build the competency of the crew. Video and pictures are taken for the montage.
3:45 - 4:15Catered lunch at the boathouse
4:15 - 5:15Latitude 35 leads the group in a debrief of the first rowing session. What was the process that coaches were taking their team’s through? How did the coaches ennoble the effort of the crew? How did you as an individual contributor to the team continually ennoble the effort of the crew? What did the boat feel like when things were going well?
5:15 - 6:15Second Rowing Session: Coaches continue training and preparing their crews for the race. Rowing rate increases, and all crew members are rowing at the same time. Crews practice creating flow and rhythm. Power is applied to the proper areas of the stroke and balance is maintained throughout the experience.
6:15 - 6:30Rowing Regatta: All teams compete in a 500-meter rowing race!
6:30 - 6:40Back to the Boathouse
6:40 - 7:40Latitude 35 leads the group in a debrief of the second rowing session to include the race. Why were you as a crew so much better after lunch? What was the purpose of the drills the coaches were taking you through. Why did the race mean so much to you? How did your team handle the stress of the race both before and during?
7:40 - 8:00Medals Ceremony: Celebrating the day’s achievements. Commencement.