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Boat Racing and Business - More in Common Than You Think

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Martin Roesch, CEO of Netography and an enthusiast of offshore boat racing, shares his insights on the surprising similarities between successful racing strategies and business strategies. Here are four parallels that can inspire business leaders to reflect on their own strategies.

 

Build the Right Crew Just as in sailing, where it's crucial to properly divide tasks among the crew, in business, understanding each team member's responsibilities and skills is essential. Roesch emphasizes the importance of assembling a crew that not only has the right knowledge and experience but also the ability to consistently execute assigned tasks. This allows for success both at sea and in the business world.

Understand Conditions and Adapt In both sailing and business, it's crucial to understand the environment and adapt to dynamically changing conditions. Roesch compares the necessity of tracking weather forecasts and being ready to change decisions during a race to the necessity of monitoring macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions that can influence business decisions. Quick adaptation to changing circumstances is the key to success.

Prepare the Boat and Plan for Emergencies In the latest race, despite an unexpected obstacle, the crew managed to avoid disaster thanks to thorough preparation of the boat and emergency planning. Roesch indicates that similarly in business, having an excellent team and tools to execute your vision and business strategy is not enough. Business leaders must also think about the worst-case scenarios and plan for emergency actions. Having a solid strategy and emergency planning can lead to success not just at sea, but also in business.

Lessons about business success are all around us. The key takeaways are a deep understanding of one's own strengths and weaknesses, awareness that disruptions and opportunities can come from various sources, openness to learning and adapting to change, and a focus on resilience.

Source: INC.com

 
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