Okay… So, you compete in Motorsport at Club level. It’s a bit of fun at the weekend. You go out and do your best and of course you are in it to win it if you can. But you don’t actually need to manage your team. It’s too much effort. Or is it….?
Lets think about it logically. In your search for success, at whichever level, it is likely that you will find the time to prepare your car for competition. You may take some driver training at some point to improve your skills. You may coerce friends and family to help out, or at least come and support your efforts.
So, You have a training program, you have processes in place for your organisation and you have stakeholders, BUT you lack anything that links it all together in a coherent way. There is little doubt that this will affect your chances of success.
Even if you have never given management of your team a second thought you will, on some level, have engaged in it. You will have to have made decisions – which competition or events to enter, how much you can afford to spend on your sport and so on. With this being the case, why not take that little extra step and turn a corner in your season?
The benefits of actively managing your team are clear:
- You will be able to set goals to reach what you consider success
- This means that you will be able to set a strategy for your season
- This means that you will be able to plan what you are going to do
- This means that you will have preparation and finances in place so there are no nasty surprises
- This means that you can go out and concentrate on the fun part of racing your car!
Think about other amateur sports. You would be surprised if your village football team didn’t have a Manager, a Committee and a Treasurer to keep it all ticking over. Why should Motorsport be any different?
Delving into the world of management does not have to be too onerous. You can take little steps towards leading your team well, but the time spent will pay dividends.
Remember that you do not have to be a professional to act professionally. If you take your management skills seriously and your competition do not then you already have a competitive advantage over them.
Who knows – Potential sponsors may be very impressed by this….!