A “power 10” is an acceleration move. Much like you would call a “play” in another sport, a power 10 is a play that is called in the sport of ROWING (also known as “crew”). It is a series of ten strokes taken at maximum speed and strength – it is a step up from the normal race pace. It is used to accelerate at the start of a race, accelerate past a competitor, or accelerate to a strong-finish. Bottom line—a power 10 is about accelerating to the next level. A successful power 10 requires “all hands on” full engagement and effort from every member of the team. If all do their part, a power 10 will literally lift the boat a few inches out of the water and drive it to the next level of speed and competitiveness.
We decided on this name for our firm because we exist to assist our nonprofit clients in executing a “power 10.” A power 10 / acceleration move for a nonprofit usually involves a dynamic new plan (programs, buildings, etc.), funding to implement it, and the leadership needed to pull it all off. We assist our clients with all three.
How do we know about this thing called a power 10? POWER 10 Founder and CEO Sean Mikula rowed four years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He and his West Point teammates won Gold at the 1991 Patriot League Championship. Sean later took the skills he learned on the Hudson River and deployed them in coaching the University of Georgia’s crew team while in law school there.