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"The Racer's Edge, part II"

Last month I touched on some lessons about teamwork that we can learn from Auto Racing. There are of course hundreds more to be found if we keep digging, and this month I'd like to share some insights that are more for you as an individual.


Of course, any insight that can be viewed from a "universal analogy" position can be applied to an individual or an organization as a whole, so feel free to apply this to your own life/situation as you'd like.



Minimize lateral Motion

This is so core that it becomes almost forgotten as a fundamental.  Auto Racing gives us a nice physical analogy to re-invigorate the concept.


Although they may look nice and smooth on TV, race tracks are often as rough and bumpy as the course you or your business are on.  They've often been compared to giant cheese graters.  As your car speeds around the track, the corners add centrifugal force lateral to the direction you're aiming for.


The more you slide sideways, the more the rubber gets grated off your tires. The more the rubber gets grated off, the worse your car handles, and the more likely you'll get a blowout and perhaps wreck.


Activity that is lateral to your chosen direction uses up your resources quickly, and puts you and your organization at risk.  If the activity is in line with your chosen path, it supports you.  You can think about it as peripheral vision.  If you have to actually turn to face the new activity; don't.



Long View / Short View

Another wonderful lesson we can take from racing is the need to be able to hold both a long and short term view of what's in front of us.  Some folks have called this far-sighted and near-sighted perspective, or a bi-focal view.


If your car is overheating, there might be a tendency to react to it immediately; make a pit stop for adjustments or repair.  To pit while everyone else is running close to 200 mph will leave you so far behind you might never catch up.  If it's a 400 mile race, the odds are that something will bring out a caution flag, and you'll be able to pit while everyone else is only going 50 mph, and even more likely that they'll pit right along with you, so you won't lose your position. 


Looking at the long-term, you're more likely to see opportunities and strategies for achieving your goal.  A driver can turn off numerous fans and devices from his seat, reducing the drag on the engine until he can pit at a more opportune time.


Keeping one eye on the short-term you can minimize or mitigate issues until you have the opportunity to address them without as much downside.



A Million Compromises a Day

When you set a car up for a given track, that track actually has both straight-aways and a minimum of three corners (Infineon Raceway in Sonoma County has 11 curves).  They're rarely the same in radius or banking, so each requires differences in chassis geometry, tire pressure, and suspension.


Obviously you can't do that, so the set up will always compromise perfection in one turn for the best we can get it for all of them.


Best case scenarios and ideals are imperative to successful goal setting, and yet reality dictates that we compromise constantly.  I'm not saying to wave the flag of surrender at all.  Quite the contrary, intelligent incremental compromises in the service of your end goal facilitate getting there.  This requires a bit of that long term vision again.  There's an old expression: "winning the battle and losing the war."  We're talking about flip-flopping that; sacrificing the battle to win the war.


When compromise feels like a loss, look at your larger goal.  Isn't it worth losing even a few battles to win the war?  Most of these skirmishes are over insignificant issues, and the resistance to compromise is more often than not a "matter of principle" rather than a genuine obstruction to the goal.


So remember what champion racers know:

  • Minimize lateral motion

  • Maintain long and short term views

  • Be ready to make a million compromises a day.





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