Is There A Connection Between NASCAR & Management?
I have to admit, thanks to my significant other, I am a converted NASCAR fan. And what a way to begin the season with a delayed, bang up, explosive Daytona 500.
As I watched this year's race, my attention to the race faded in and out (admittedly more out than in) and my mind began to connect the race to my profession of employee and management training and development. Ok, for some that might sound like a bit of a stretch. Sorry, that's how my mind works. To follow is the result.
Would you let a kid drive your Jaguar (or NASCAR car) without driving lessons?...and maybe not even after driving lessons I can hear some of you say.
When I think of a Jaguar, I think of a well built, exquisitely engineered, visually sleek vehicle, which just happens to cost a lot of money! It’s so special and expensive that in my book only a select few would be able to touch it, let alone DRIVE IT!
If you believe as I do (and I suspect you would), then you’ll be shocked when I reveal to you this alarming fact! Everyday in corporate America – kids without lessons are driving Jaguars!
Are you shocked? Well, you should be! What...how...who would allow this you ask?
Let me explain. Everyday in corporate America, Jaguars are being driven by kids. Everyday very untrained and in most cases well-meaning managers are managing the Jaguars of your organization.
Now this statement is NOT meant to insult hard working managers throughout our corporations. What I mean is without appropriate know-how and effective training it is as if kids are driving Jaguars. Throughout our organizations, untrained managers are functioning at a “kids” or elementary level in operating the most expensive capital organizations hold – their human capital!
Every single employee of your organization is a Jaguar. In understanding the value of human capital, I hope at this point that you consider every single employee of your organization a Jaguar! And no I don’t mean a car in the literal sense, but sleek, capable, and ready to take off on the fast track of accomplishments and corporate success operating at full engine capacity.Continued on the next page