Exploring the Pitstop Meta-Model Narrative

Performance in business, as in F1™, is a complex equation of driver, team and machine....

The driver, well that is you! The car is the various projects, initiatives, strategies and priorities that you are driving. The pit team is the people you need to win. They keep your car on the road, monitor its progress and make important adjustments as needed.
Traditionally the focus has been on the driver or the car – that is the leader and the strategy of the organization. But that is no longer enough! A total view of performance must focus on all 3 elements of driver, machine and team. This total performance equation is at the heart of the Pitstop approach.

The Pitstop meta-model is aimed at optimizing your team’s set up and design to deliver specific and measurable performance gains.

There is more to performance than simply bringing a group of capable individuals together and calling them a team. Even if you get the right people, that is only one of a total of seven considerations in designing for organizational & team performance.
In addition to having the right people, they must be in the right roles, doing the right work and working towards the achievement of the right results. That is what team performance design is all about.

The machine at the centre of the pitstop meta-model represents the various projects, initiatives and strategies that you are driving forward. But what is your level of success in getting them on the track and keeping them there?

The success of an organization depends not just on the performance of its teams, but on having a winning strategy and executing it effectively. A great team with a poor strategy or the wrong priorities will inevitably struggle to succeed.
Race teams start out with a perfect plan or strategy, but they are prepared to speedily adapt it when required. It is the job of the pit team to keep the car on the road with maximum chances of winning. This agility is key to success in all organizations and teams.

The Pitstop meta-model focuses on optimizing your team’s dynamics to deliver specific & measurable performance gains.

Research identifies 8 key attitudes and behaviors that determine the ability to team. They are called behavioural dynamics, or dynamics for short
A team is a complex social system where member’s moods and behaviors shape individual, as well as collective performance. Each of the dynamics (shown above) is either a source of performance gains or losses within a team.
The pitstop is a process of engaging & energizing your team in the realization of quantifiable performance gains (typically 7-25%). It combines workshops, group & individual coaching with performance analytics, insights & tools.

Key to race success is the ability to pitstop. Teams must quickly assemble, review the performance of key projects, initiatives and strategy and then speedily make adjustments to maximize the chances of winning.

The race track is an increasingly popular metaphor to communicate the demands of; accelerating innovation, out-maneuvering competitors and responding swiftly to fast changing markets.
But every race track has a pit lane and ironically it is there that managers can see the behaviors and capabilities that are required for effective cross-functional collaboration, business agility and innovation.

Quarter 4 is approaching fast. You are at lap 35 of a 52-lap race and the pressure is mounting. But if you pull into the pit lane will your team be ready to support you? Will their input help you to win?

When a team comes together the focus should be on performance and gaining the edge. There is no time for lengthy ‘talking shops’ and endless meetings. They should spot what needs to be fixed fast and quickly emerge re-energized, re-focused and primed to win. In short they need to work like a pit crew.

The highly choreographed precision of the pit team sets the new standard for teamwork & cross-functional collaboration. It exemplifies; discipline, agility, focus and a passion for winning. These are qualities every team can and must develop.



Building the Meta-model

A team of scientists and engineers interact with the Pitstop Meta-model as they review the progress of their strategy.

Find out why the meta-model is important and how it works here.