Performance at the Limit – Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing

Program Overview

Finding ways to create and sustain exceptional levels of performance is a challenge that business leaders face in every organisation. One way this can be addressed is by learning from other industries, in particular ones which distil the essence of how to surpass the competition through consistent, outstanding performance.

The business behind the sport of Formula 1 motor racing provides an excellent example. While state-of-the-art technology is on display at every race, it is the organisation and people behind it who design, develop, and deliver each and every day that makes the difference between a podium finish and being at the back of the racing grid.

Program Benefits

The program is designed to provide a unique learning experience for all executives who are responsible for improving and sustaining performance in their organisation. Attendees will obtain fresh insights on how organisations compete in a vibrant, ever-changing industry working internally across functions and externally with key partners to achieve their strategic and operational goals.

Who Should Attend

This conference is about how racing teams operate in order to achieve success. Executives who are working in a competitive and rapidly changing business environment will gain insights that can be directly applicable in their own workplace.

Program Info

  • An overview of Formula 1 Motor Racing – the Sport; and how it is relevant to understanding high performance in business;
  • The key components that drive business success in the Formula 1 industry;
  • Twelve business lessons from Formula 1 motor racing teams from which all executives and organisations can benefit.

About the Speaker

Ken Pasternak has a unique background that combines 35 years in management development, institution building and corporate banking.  He has worked in management consulting and training over the past fifteen years; focusing on leadership development, team building and communication skills.  Previously, he was Director of Education and Training for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London. He also worked at Citibank for 18 years in assignments while based in New York, London, Helsinki, Istanbul, and Brussels. Ken has taught and consulted with private and public sector leaders across Europe, USA, central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and China.

He is co-author of Performance at the Limit, Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing published by Cambridge University Press, which explores how to build sustainable performance in highly competitive business environments.   Ken also co-authored Managing Your Strengths, a practical methodology for understanding oneself and offering strategies for improving personal effectiveness and communication.

Ken has taught on Executive MBA programs at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) and Copenhagen Business School.  In 1997 he was awarded the title of Academician of the Russian Federation. He is a member of the International Council of the American Management Association and the Academy of Management. He is a graduate of Yale University where he received a BSc in Engineering and Applied Science.

Program Details

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2011
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Wharton Center at CERT, CERT Technology Park, Abu Dhabi