Pitstops for Leaders & Teams

How effectively can your team pitstop its performance?

Executives pitstop the performance of their key teams, projects and strategic initiatives – just like in motor racing.  Using the latest performance data, tools and psychology to identify and unlock performance potential.  The objective is enter the Zone of Peak Performance™ by systematically convert performance losses into gains of 7-25%.

Performance Potential  From Agenda to Action

You need to engage your team in the exploiting its performance potential, but have been frustrated by recent team seminars and away days. All too often they result in a lot of talking and little action.  Your a pitstop, not another workshop!

How to energize and engage your team in the realization of its own potential?

Imagine your team working with the speed, focus and discipline of a pit team in the execution of specific opportunities for improvement. It is the opposite to a talking shop.  Just like in racing the objective is to speedily identify what is working and fix what is not.

It’s time to Pitstop to Perform

Your executives will work like a pit team.  The idea is just like in racing – to come together as a team to review performance, identify quantifiable opportunities for improvement and exploit them fast.

Can your team work with the speed, discipline and focus of a pit team?  

Great pitstops win races, lousy pitstops lose races.  In a F1™ race, a pit team of 20 will change all 4 tires in under 2 seconds.  Such performance under pressure sets the new standard for teamwork and cross-functional collaboration.  But what about your team, can it achieve the the Pit team standard?

Performance – Assess, Agree, Execute.

In a fast race pitstops are key to performance.  Drivers start the race with a winning strategy and fresh tires,  but must quickly adjust in the pitlane to cope with changing conditions.  The ability to pitstop key projects and priorities is key to team performance, business agility and innovation.  It has 3 components:

1: Assess

Your team will assess its performance, as well as its potential using F1™-style data analytics covering almost 200 variables.   The result – a single shared & accurate view of performance potential.

2: Agree

Pitstops get agreement on a clear set of ‘Winning Moves’, risk-rating them and ensuring that any required trade-offs and commitments are made.

3: Execute

Pitstops are followed by Fast Laps where teams advance their Winning Moves over a period of 3 months, with regular check-ins to track progress and sustain momentum.

Performance Potential – A New Engagement  

In many organizations the term ‘performance’ isn’t always positive and conversations on the topic can be difficult.  However, engaging teams in an open and honest dialog about performance and potential is key to generating buy-in.

How open & honest is your team’s dialog about performance/potential?

Entering the Zone of Peak Performance™ begins with a review of performance.  But it is essential that this takes place in an atmosphere of no-blaming and no-hiding.  Led by expert facilitators, pitstops change the nature of the debate about performance – making it future focused & positive.

From Performance Potential to Reality

You cannot push people into the Zone of Peak Performance™. Threats, cajoling and traditional incentives have little power.  Setting high standards is important, but for people to dig deep within themselves requires a passion-fueled commitment.

Has your team bought-in to the idea of exploiting its full potential?

The Zone of Peak Performance™ is your goal.  But it is not enough for the leader to want it. The team has to want it too. While others can help, a team must unlock its own potential.  Therefore, generating ownership and buy-in is key.

Pitstop – How it Works

During a Pitstop executives complete a series of tests aimed at challenging the way they view the performance and potential of their business unit or team.  It includes an analysis of areas such as organizational/team design, culture / team dynamics, leadership, execution and strategy.

In the image executives engage with the Pitstop Meta-model during a pitstop – using it to identify performance losses and gains.

Pitstop Analytics™

Just as in F1™ data guides decisions made during the pitstop.  To enable better decisions Pitstop Analytics™ illuminates potential blind spots and contradictions and minimizes group think or bias.

In the image an executive checks Pitstop Analytics data to validate key decisions being made during a pitstop. The screen shows an analysis of the team’s performance ‘in the round’ including task, social, decision and developmental performance.

More about pitstops:

Change-Engage Model

The idea is just like in racing – to come together as a team, identify problems and fix them fast!  Pitstops can take a half day, a full day or a take place of a series of days.  They are underpinned by a powerful Pitstop Engage-Change Model™ and Results Based Learning™ Methodology.

Winning Moves

Individuals working alone and in teams will tackle identified performance losses (as highlighted by the data) to achieve quantifiable performance gains (7-25%).  The focus on quick wins and obstacles will also build confidence and capability.

Behavioral Observation

Will your team work with the speed, discipline and focus of a pit team?  Leaders will be guided through the process of interpreting the results of their team/unit’s pitstop, including observation of then behavioral patterns and mindset of the team.

Here are the words used by managers to describe the pitstop & its impact:

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