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Organization Horsepower: Thinking Like a Motorcycle Racing Team Paperback – October 11, 2014
Harrison Withers takes us on a fascinating, fun ride through the world of motorcycle racing, drawing parallels at every turn (get it?) to a holistic view of the performance improvement game. Seeing how performance improvement happens inside racing's ever-measured ecosystem offers excellent food for thought, and I'd argue it's more likely to engender change than the challenges of trying to copy a competing business's 'best practices'. This is a great resource for those seeking to improve the machine and the team. --Jane Bozarth, author of Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud.
The concept behind Organization Horsepower and how the disciplines learned from racing can be applied to business is fascinating. Ingenuity, passion, organization, competitive drive, attention to detail, the will to win, and most importantly, to never give up is common DNA amongst winning race teams... and successful companies. Each and every day, speed is becoming the driving force in business. As quoted in this book, Hemingway said, There are only three sports in this world, bullfighting, motorsports, mountaineering, everything else is just a game. Maybe in the 21st century, business is becoming the 4th sport. --Michael Czysz, Founder, MotoCzysz
Performance is a sport - inside and outside of the workplace. We strive to thrive. Harrison Withers has written a compelling pitch for performance - using the sport of Motorcycle Racing as a powerful and useful metaphor. Talent, learning, and HR colleagues must read this - 'start your engines' now! --Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
About the Author
Harrison Withers has been searching for ways to help people perform better since 1993. He has a talent for figuring out what the true cause of a problem is and what barriers need to be overcome to get a person where they want to go. He's passionate about helping people make a measurable difference in their businesses. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, Harrison has almost 2 decades of experience in the learning, performance improvement, and human resources fields and is expert at technology implementations linked to performance improvement including social, collaborative, and mobile technologies. His writing and thought leadership extends through regular blogs on both business and guitar building. He has been a featured contributor for the Management Innovation eXchange with Adapting Business Metrics to Build Credibility and Trust. He was also the editor and curator for Quotes, Facts, Benchmarks, and Best Practices on People and Analytics. Harrison is a regular consultant to businesses that seek to significantly improve or transform their approach to talent development in the areas of onboarding, sales and leadership development. He is also a frequent speaker on talent development and the role of technology as part of a talent development strategy.
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That's OK, but I was under the impression it was going to be more about how to organize the horsepower in my motorcycle engine.
I took some business classes when working towards my Masters degree, but I hated them.