If you were to envision what a Brown University rower might look like it would not be Tuchen as a teenager. Yet, despite standing 5’11 and weighing just 155 pounds at the time, he was a key player in their races.

Tuchen took lessons from his time on this team, and carried them over into his career. Sitting in the rear, he was responsible for steering the team, building a strategy.

“You can go for very short bursts of maybe 30 seconds or a minute” rowing your hardest, Tuchen said. “The question is when and how do you use those bursts?”

Eventually, the team started winning races by choosing their moment. At the halfway mark, the team would give it their best push. They often pushed to the front, gaining a boat length or more and demoralizing other teams in the process.

Tuchen applied these skills to his first management opportunity. He used the chance to create belief and excitement, motivating people around a goal.