Prepare with precision - on the way to a smarter planet
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The Management 500: A High-Octane Formula for Business Success, Dan uses the metaphor of racing car driving to help us learn how to think smarter, plan smarter, team smarter and ultimately work smarter. He opens chapter one "Prepare with Precision" with the following quote from Enzo Ferrari "I am mainly interested in promoting new developments. I should like to put something new into my cars everyday - an inclination that terrifies my staff. Were my wish in this respect to be indulged, there would be no production of standard models at all, but only a succession of prototypes." Enzo Ferrari's passion was precision. He wanted every part of his organization dedicated to increasing precision in the execution of every detail. Dan goes out to point out that Enzo said "All odds and ends of technical information are of interest to builders of racing cars, because a secondary detail can sometimes give a clever engineer a lead to something much more important. The heat of a spark plug, the type of fuel used, the kind of steel used for valves, the address of this or that supplier, together with an infiity of other details, are all useful".
As I've now learned from Dan, Enzo Ferrari had a profound impact on the world of professional auto racing. After racing cars and serving as a mechanic for Alfa on the highly successful Alfa Romeos in the 1920s and 1930s, Enzo Ferrari started his business in 1946 at the age of forty-eight and concentrated all his efforts on building his own car. Over the last 60 years, the name Ferrari has become synonymous with extraordinary speed and winning. The Ferrari car debuted at the first Formula I Grand Prix World Championship in 1950, and over the next 60 years, Enzo Ferrari and the teams that followed him won championships in 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1989, 2000-2004, and 2007.
Here are My developerWorks, we have our own Enzo Ferrari's. Leaders who have passion and drive to push to continuously prepare and deliver with precision. I encourage you to join us, you'll quickly find experts like my friend and colleague Bob Leah. Bob leads our advanced design team and like Enzo Ferrari, he is someone who is incredibly committed to continuously "promote new developments" striving to put something new into our My developerWorks race care everyday. If you haven't met Bob, I encourage to check out his profile, join his groups, read and comment on his blog. follow his tags and bookmarks, and invite him to join you on an activity. For all the details on how to use these community and colloboration tools, check out our great My developerWorks how-to-article
Oh by the way, you should know sometimes, Bob terrifies his staff and his boss (that would be me) with his overwhelming passion and maniacal focus on precision just like Enzo Ferrari fired up and challenged his team to deliver such incredibly successful race cars. So I invite you to join us as we build and grow My developerWorks with precision. But I think you just might want to put on your racing helmet and fasten your seat belt. because I can assure you there's a wild ride ahead as we race toward a smarter planet.
Please let me know about your collaboration experiences with Bob and the other exciting Enzo Ferrari's of My developerWorks. Who knows, maybe some of your new colleagues already think you are the next speed racer of My developerWorks.