Friday, February 3, 2012
Business Lessons from a Pinewood Car
I think somewhere in a crawl space at our house is a strange-looking carved pickup truck with no aerodynamic styling but perfect for adding just a little more weight -- into the bed of the truck!
As you might imagine, designs and color schemes run the gamut. Some scouts will create traditional-looking race cars, while others will add their own creative flair. As racers line up, it's hard to imagine that all those cars started out exactly alike, as simple blocks of wood.
In business, many companies start out with similar sets of raw materials or similar product lines. Some focus on creating flashy or innovative designs and marketing campaigns that help them stand out from the crowd. Others focus on the basics, like making sure the axles and wheels are sanded smooth and properly lubricated with graphite, to ensure an optimal ride. Still others strive to distribute the weight properly, to maximize efficiency and make sure the right people are doing the right jobs that best suit their skills.
And the best companies? You guessed it. They do all three.
So, while the business world may not always run on a nice, smooth track -- and the playing field is not always level -- with the right preparation and some good, old-fashioned hard work, your company can win the day.