The need for organizational speed 🏃♂️💨
Today, for the first time in five years, I was able to take a peek behind the scenes of the Red Bull Racing factory.
It was impressive to see the whole team, a total of 1.200 people, all hard at work to manufacture the cars for the 2022 season. The factory operates 24/7; bare materials enter the building, and at end of the production line they’ve made a car that consists of 30,000 parts. But they don’t do this just once, they continue to improve the car throughout the year, cranking out 1,000 innovations every week.
It was fun to be back. As it was another factory visit five years ago, that start sparked my interest in the overlap of F1 and organizations started. This time I was invited by our client UK Connect as a speaker for their event, which was held at the factory.
This week I also was a featured by my favorite podcast - the Brave New Work podcast. A small excerpt from our episode titled 'The need for organizational speed':
When you peer under Formula 1’s hood, you find provocative organizational lessons about requiring room for reflection, distributing authority, clarifying purpose, innovating alongside intense regulation, and accelerating change at lightning-speed.
Recent interesting links
Here are five recent articles that I've really enjoyed:
"The agile movement is now dead with the final blow dealt by McKinsey recently promoting an “agile transformation office”."
"Leadership development is likely one of the biggest, most visible priorities for professional development in your organization. But we’d guess it isn’t achieving the results you’d like it to"
"DISC and MBTI are the two most popular personality tools around, even though neither make any sense at all. Rebels, I hope you're not using them. And if you are, why?"
"As an engineer, I served on many teams: some very efficient and functional, some less so. One predictive factor in the health of the development teams was time pressure. Too much time pressure…"
"I am getting weary of the Objective & Key Results (OKRs) hype-train."
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