Yesterday was my Blogher ’11 recap post, and today, I’m fleshing out a concept I learned there.
In the Peer Networking session, panelist Ananda Leeke, founder of Digital Sisterhood, talked about what she calls “Team Ananda.” She has a team of folks she relies on to help her meet her personal and professional goals.
So I figured, not only do I need to build my personal team, I need to consider if my daughter’s team is adequately staffed.
I’m not big on sports analogies, but this kind of begs for one. Since professional cycling is the only sport I’ve ever liked — though I’ve given it up, as all the doping scandals broke my heart — let’s use the structure of UCI Pro-tour team.
Come on, it will be fun!
The Manager – Overseer of general operations. Ben and I share this role, as it’s no small task. Must keep a roof over our little cyclist’s head, keep her in a good school, make deals with sponsors, etc.
The Director Sportif – Important role, in charge of racing strategy, again, Ben and I share these duties. I would direct races involving how fast we can feed the chickens before we have to dash off in the mornings, Ben would be in charge of finding actual local bike races to watch.
Coaches – In charge of training, Nora’s amazing teachers at her Waldorf school handle these duties. Training includes how to bake bread, chop veggies, mold beeswax and dig holes in the park.
Doctor – Nora loves her GP, Dr. Benjamina Brown. And Dr. Brown is a classy lady, you’d never find her in the midst of a blood doping scandal.
Therapist – Of a physical variety — I’d say our acupuncturist will play this role — eventually. I know some great ones for emotional stuff, too, should the need ever arise.
Mechanic – Ben. No question. Can fix anything — bikes, magic wands, wooden ponies; you name it.
Soigneurs — In charge of feeding and clothing the rider, as well as carting her around and giving massages. This summer, Gemela, the nanny, and I have been the primary soigneurs. Ben and Nana Sandi are back-up.
Climbing Specialist — This is Nora herself, actually. You should see that girl scamper up trees and play structures.
Time Trialist — Keeping up speed over great distances? Also Nora.
Domestiques — In charge of carrying food and drink to the leaders during races: Ben and me again.
Sprinters — These are the grandparents and aunties and uncles. Our familes are full speed ahead for quality time when visiting from out of town. You can’t win races without sprinters.
The peleton — One thing I love about cycling is that it’s the only sport I can think of where, on occasion, it behooves you to work together with someone from a different team. Riders take turns leading the peleton to ensure everyone gets a chance to rest in the shelter of the group. A breakaway group from different teams will work together to increase their lead over the peleton. This is the perfect analogy for growing up. You must learn that everyone can be your ally and help you in your race.
Whose on your child’s team? To mix metaphors, are all your bases covered?