Ocean racing and business performance
Whichever way you look at it, success in ocean racing depends more and more on the rigourous pre-race preparation, whilst success in corporate projects is increasingly influenced by the capacity of organisations to pull together teams able to perform in constantly changing environments.
Hence, ocean racing and corporations can learn from and bring a lot to each other.
To be a serious victory contender in any of today’s big races calls as much upon the skilful application of design and management techniques as it does upon the experience and talent of the sailors.
From boat design to the improvement of race performance, racing teams embrace more and more the concepts and technologies at the heart of some of the disruptions happening in the business world: design thinking, computer simulations, virtual reality, lean and agile management, continuous improvement, real time data gathering & processing.
To harness the power and realise the value, which can be created from these tools requires the adoption of an innovation and project management mindset akin to best in class companies.
Similarly, the Achilles heel of most corporate projects is not their competence of the teams nor the processes they use, it’s their ability to integrate the skills and strengths of their people and keep them focused on the common goal in complex and dynamic environments.
To get the best out of their teams, they need to develop the same attributes and behaviours as the winning ocean racing teams: mutual trust, respect, natural leadership, empowerment, resilience, abnegation, openness, perservance, honesty and objectivity, in order to exploit their collective intelligence and enhance the quality of their decisions.
To capitalise on the cross-learning opportunities offered by both these worlds, ALL4ONE consulting has developed a unique immersive approach to competitiveness and performance, built upon the development of an ocean racing project and the practice of team dynamics on board sailboats.
Through its ALL4ONE TROPHY business game, teams are exposed to the challenge of delivering a project capable of winning a sailing race around the world. During the game, they exprience the drivers behind project competitiveness and learn to understand value levers, risks management, concept definition and the balance of trade-offs in value creation. They thereby identify strengths and weaknesses behind project competitiveness and maturity.
By being confronted with an often new and rapidly changing environment, in the game and in some instances on the water as well, the participants put their organisational, decision-making, resilience and leadership skills to the test. They discover the ingredients fostering team integration and performance and which gaps they need to close to become a winning team.
To address your organisation’s competitiveness and performance improvement needs, ALL4ONE consulting proposes a range of tools and events, which can be delivered at your premises or at an outside venue, independently or integrated into existing training/transformation programmes.
Picture credits: © Dongfeng Race Team