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Old 30th May 2016, 14:23   #1
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Default Business Executives are racing to learn from F1 drivers


This article appeared in last week's Economist magazine.

I have always tried to draw and force fit correlations between F1 drivers and the frenetic pace of life in capital markets or other areas like start ups.

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Can business people really learn from Formula One? Dr Hintsa argues that the two worlds have more in common than you might think. Drivers sit atop a pyramid of 500-700 employees, from engineers to marketing departments, whose livelihoods depend on them. Surrounded by sycophants, drivers can easily lose control of their egos. They live horribly peripatetic lives—races are run in every corner of the world. Dr Hintsa says that his grand-prix experience forced him to focus on two problems that also plague executives always on the move.

The first is lack of sleep. A growing body of evidence shows that shortage of shut-eye cripples individuals and poisons organisations. One study shows that staying awake for 20 hours has the same impact on the performance of various cognitive tasks as a blood-alcohol level of 0.1%, well over the limit for driving a car in most countries. Another study shows that being deprived of sleep leads people to adopt a more negative attitude or tone of voice. Employees are also more likely to report disengagement from work if a bad night’s sleep makes their bosses grouchy.

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Default Re: Business Executives are racing to learn from F1 drivers

Nice click-bait title by the Economist, but there's really nothing F1 about it. Basically, what they're saying is sleep right, eat right & exercise right. Hardly anything new in that.

Most CEOs know this, including Richard Branson who said that the best way to increase productivity is via exercise / fitness levels.
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