Safer Highways | Delivering the harmony found in a 2 second pit stop to the highways sector
James Haluch, Managing Director at Amey Highways looks back to SHL!ve 2019 and what the sector can learn from F1.
Reflecting on SHL!ve at the iconic location of Silverstone, did make me think about how the highways sector could learn from the motorsport industry and whether there were more similarities than you first might think – apart from the obvious surfacing, safety fence and white lines! The simple conclusion I quickly came to was yes. While fundamentally F1 has one primary objective – to get the fastest lap time safely – we equally have one objective – to put people to work safely while delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
Every person that plays a part in a F1 team has a role. A clear, defined role which they’re the experts in. They don’t deviate from it, they spend every day getting better at it. Take Lewis Hamilton – a record-breaking F1 driver who has honed all his talents to be the best driver. He may receive all the attention but he’s not on his own, F1 is very much a team sport built on collaboration.
Bringing the pit stop to highways
The principles of collaboration and working in perfect harmony came across in one way or another in many of the presentations at SHL!ve.
While nothing is broken in the way we do things, or why we do them, we all know that our current approach can’t continue without us being left behind – replaced by new companies, new technology, new people.
I’m not suggesting change for change’s sake. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. But let’s at least consider doing it better. Better collaboration with suppliers, the third sector, competitors, clients, Government, industry let alone our own employees who could drive truly fantastic results if we listen – the experts in our own pit stop.
Letting every part of the partnership do what they do best, utilising the skill sets available – and stopping the belief that one person or organisation can do it all. In short, working better together, drives better results and better outcomes. A 2 second pit stop is what we’re all aiming for.
For more information please visit: www.saferhighways.co.uk