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R Dowbiggin /M de Rond

Student, Reader in Strategy and Organisation

The Cambridge Boat Race Victory - to hell & back

Rebecca Dowbiggin While a student at Cambridge, Rebecca coxed the Blue Boat in the Boat Race for three consecutive years in 2007-2009, including the winning 2007 Cambridge crew featured in Mark De Rond's book 'The Last Amateurs'. She also coxed the England Women's Eight to a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships and the Great Britain Women's Eight to Bronze and Silver medals at the European Rowing Championships, at the same time as studying for a first class degree and a number of postgraduate degrees. Rebecca now works for Xchanging, business processors and sponsors of the Xchanging Boat Race. Dr Mark de Rond is Reader in Strategy and Organization at Judge Business School, Cambridge University. His University teaching principally focuses on strategic management, negotiation, and mediation. He works as a University Mediator and assists in commercial mediations for the Association of Cambridge Mediators. Aside from his University teaching, his has run workshops for major business corporations. His recent work with the Cambridge University Boat Club is the subject of a book: The Last Amateurs: To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew which was selected both by the Financial Times as one of Best Business Books of 2008, and by BBC Sport as one of the Best Sporting Reads of 2008.

Keeping things simple is key to success. Remaining calm and sticking to the plan can produce good results even in the face of adversity. One needs to understand and carefully manage different personality types individually to bring the best out of a team.