The F1 season starts in a few days. It’s a sport that people seem to either love or hate (some would even baulk at calling it a sport), but either way, it got me thinking about what it says about how teams work together. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at a problem, if the internals (or the public face) of a team are broken, cash doesn’t solve it. Take McLaren, one of the oldest and richest teams in the sport, working with one of the biggest engineering companies in the world (Honda), and with two former world champion drivers, spending most Sundays pootling around at the back. Then there’s the time when the backroom boys get it right, the carâ€™s a peach but you end up with two drivers who hate each other so much, they’d rather throw away the championship than see the other win it (Alonso & Hamilton, Webber & Vettel, Mansell and well, pretty much anyone.)
What does it tell us? It tells us that the weakest link breaks The Chain (see what I did there, Fleetwood Mac fans?) Egos; tempers; disloyalty; mismanagement all have the power to break a team before the season even begins.
When we look at team building, we see it slightly differently. The stage isn’t that different to F1, anyone from the crew, to the cast and the producer, has the power to ruin a successful production if they haven’t got the best interests of the show at heart. What we like to do is take the elements of the theatre that work best, that of teamwork and collective responsibility, and prove that what’s best for the team actually has a positive influence on individuals to look at achievement from a different perspective.
To find out more about our approaches to teambuilding, click here. We pride ourselves on making huge differences to teams within a very short space of time, so in the words of Murray Walker: Get ready to stop your start watch.