Ready to Drive?

"I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tires got dizzy." — Steven Wright

It is time for my youngest to begin driving. What an exciting time of life!

The requirements for our state is 50 hours of mentored driving before he can take his test, before he can drive solo. Our family requirement is 100 hours. We believe in high-performance coaching before driving a ton of metal down the road at 60 miles per hour.

This will not be easy driving. I have a gauntlet of situations to explore in our driving. Such as rain storms, snow storms, getting out of spinouts, emergency stopping, intense city traffic and even driving long hours on boring roads.

Multiple experiences in all the situations one is likely to encounter.

He has hundreds and hundreds of hours of experience in riding in cars. Driving the car is different.

This makes sense to everyone.

However, it is still surprising to me when I find important projects being run by technical people that have never led projects. They have no training. They are not being mentored.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise when these projects are wrecked. When they are significantly behind, when they have quality issues, and when the people paying for the project wonder if the project should take a breathalyzer test.

It is a delight to prepare my son for driving.

It is a delight to mentor leaders in running projects small, large, and complex.

It is good to know that passengers and customers alike will benefit from the high performance leadership that results from high performance mentorship.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT