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Performance at the Limit
Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521449632


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  • Can you imagine your organisation as a Ferrari or a McLaren, a Toyota or a Force India? Your management team as a pit crew? Your sales force as the race team and your marketing and research department as the design studio creating a Formula 1 car? Formula 1 has an estimated turnover of $4bn, employs 50,000 people in more than 30 countries and has a foothold in every major and developing economy. With performance as the central focus of every organization, Performance at the Limit uses the case of Formula 1 motorsport as an example of how business can achieve optimal performance in highly competitive environments where dealing with change effectively is paramount. This second edition builds on the success of the first and contains a wealth of new material, including many more interviews with Formula 1 drivers and other key executives active in the sport.

    • Drawn from real accounts of high performance over the last fifty years
    • Based on rigorous primary research within leading Formula 1 teams, including Ferrari, McClaren, Renault and WilliamsF1
    • Includes many more interviews with drivers and key executives in the industry
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Having worked recently with Ron Dennis, Chairman and Chief Executive of McLaren Racing, at the Leaders in London summit, I witnessed Ron hold the thousand-strong business audience enthralled by the wafer-thin margins between success and failure in Formula 1. It was a master class in the mentality of a winner. This book brings alive some of the very points that Dennis made so well at the conference and much more beyond; with accurate insights, great anecdotes and first-class analysis. Performance at the Limit articulates perfectly the split-second gap between also-ran, good and great. It’s all about leadership, preparation and amazing teamwork; without it you will simply fail to compete as those who have remained in pole position accepted long ago that ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough. So if you want to learn what it takes to get to the top and how to win, then this is the book for you.”
    René Carayol, CEO, Inspired Leaders Network and Visiting Professor in the Leadership Faculty at Cass Business School

    “Formula 1 teaches us how to succeed in a challenging environment. The basic lesson is that it needs more than a skilled driver to win the race. In motorsports, change is a constant and being innovative is a necessity. To stay ahead of the competition, it is essential to have an excellent team on the track – a team showing an extraordinary performance and a passion for being the best. Performance at the Limit shows managers how these hard-won lessons can be applied to the ever-challenging world of business.”
    Kasper Rorsted, CEO, Henkel

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521449632
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 16 colour illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Note on the reference system
    The Grand Prix experience
    1. Introduction
    2. Why Formula 1 motor racing?
    3. The performance framework
    4. The war for talent: the people in Formula 1
    5. Winning through teamwork
    6. Capability through partnerships
    7. The high performance organisation
    8. Integrating: effective leadership brings it all together
    9. Innovating: the drive for continual change
    10. Transforming: breaking out of the old ways
    11. Achieving and sustaining performance
    12. Twelve business lessons from Formula 1 motor racing
    Appendix A. Grand Prix champions 1950–2007
    Appendix B. Grand Prix graveyard 1950–2008
    Appendix C. Interview respondents
    Colour plates 1-8 between pages
    Colour plates 9-16 between pages.

  • Authors

    Mark Jenkins, Cranfield University, UK

    Ken Pasternak, Inter Associates Ltd, Helsinki

    Richard West, Richard West Associates

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