Watch a pit crew work during the Indianapolis 500 race. They work with precision: juggling speed, safety and quality. What happens, however, when you increase speed? Will you sacrifice safety and quality, and is that sacrifice worth the impact on team performance?
These are among the questions professionals considered during the Tobias Fellows pit crew challenge.
“The pit crew challenge’s debrief provided the most powerful debrief conversation I have ever been part of,” said Tobias Fellow Joe White, vice president of school support at The Mind Trust. “It was incredibly powerful for our group to observe the unintended consequences of ambiguity within organizations and teams. As leaders, we make assumptions about what people think our expectations are, and many times fail to calibrate the outcomes we want to achieve.”
Tobias Fellow DeVonne Richburg, major gifts officer with the Eskenazi Health Foundation, also reflected on the challenge and the leadership lessons she learned from it.