About seven years ago my dad introduced this concept to my younger brother’s hockey team  and it immediately sparked my interest as well as having a big impact on the team. My dad chose to make 212 degrees a big part of team culture by incorporating the concept into practice, pep talks, and even distributed stickers with the 212 logo to the kids to put on their helmets for a constant reminder.

I will back up and explain what the 212 degree metaphor is. Essentially it is a metaphor for the amount of effort that success requires- a metaphor meant to motivate us to always put in that little big extra effort to get more out of our actions. The metaphor goes like this:

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree can make all the difference.”

By putting in that little bit extra effort the results can be exponentially greater and the profits even more great.

The concept has been adopted by corporations and sports teams across the country as a means of motivating their employees and athletes. It is somewhat like building a team culture that emphasizes commitment, effort and success. As a coach or a consultant I think that this would be a great way to create a connection among team members- it provides a common thread for teammates to all be on the same page motivation wise. Creating this team culture could result in other team members taking the initiative to remind their temmates about the metaphor/culture when they see them putting in less effort or slacking.

I have included the link to the website which includes a short movie made to teach the metaphor to the general public. I highly suggest taking a look and considering utilizing this metaphor with your own teams. I guarantee that it will have an impact in a positive way.