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20 Inspirational Superhuman Moments From Formula One

20 Inspirational Superhuman Moments From Formula One

Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport, a high intensity world renowned for its demanding physical and emotional stresses. Highly respected F1 journalist Christopher Hilton noted in the 2001 documentary Going Critical, “Motor racing at its very highest level is the most extreme form of human endeavor, outside of war.” In the face of constant danger, the drivers corner in excess of 150mph and endure up to 3.5 G forces throughout each Grand Prix. They teach us we can aspire to anything, and with determination we can achieve our goals.

The sport’s technology also impacts on the global road car industry. The efforts of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has seen safety features developed within F1 taken to the cars we drive, saving thousands of lives daily. It’s a remarkable sport, and the exploits within have inspired hundreds of millions of fans. Here are 20 moments which can, hopefully, inspire you to great things this summer.

1. Ayrton Senna’s quest for perfection – Monaco 1988

During the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix Senna became so committed he entered a trancelike state – his brilliance was such he built a 55 second lead. He crashed when his team radioed him to slow down, and was so humbled by his mistake he hid in his Monaco apartment for days afterwards.

2. Senna’s emotional home win – Brazil 1991

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Jammed in 5th gear whilst facing rain, Senna held it together for an emotional first home win. You can watch the award winning 2010 documentary Senna to learn more about his inspirational life; the Brazilian was as well known for his charity work as he was for his driving.

3. Nigel Mansell offers Senna a lift – Silverstone 1991

Having already lost the race to championship rival Mansell, Senna’s McLaren was forced to retire on the last lap. Mansell promptly stopped to offer the Brazilian a lift back to the pits, creating iconic imagery of the rivals united.

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4. Gilles Villeneue’s legacy

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This fitting tribute from Sky Sports to the legendary Gilles Villeneuve highlight’s the French Canadian’s humble genius and natural talent.

5. Gilles Villeneuve’s determination – Zandvoort 1979

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A famous incident which showcases Villeneuve’s fighting spirit. After a puncture ruined his race, he refused to give up.

6. Niki Lauda overcomes a fiery crash – Nuburgring 1976

As depicted in the 2013 film Rush (which he officially sanctioned), Lauda suffered a horrendous fiery accident at the Nurburgring in 1976. He overcame his near death experience with lifelong scars, but was back in his Ferrari a mere six weeks after his crash.

7. Mika Hakkinen passes Michael Scumacher – Spa 2000

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The world champions went head to head at Spa Francorchamps in 2000, with Hakkinen performing a heroic move to take the lead on one of F1’s most dangerous circuits.

8. Rubens Barrichello’s emotional first win – Hockenheim 2000

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Following problems in qualifying, Barrichello started 18th in his Ferrari. During a dramatic race, he rose through the field to take the first Brazilian win since Ayrton Senna. A deeply personal moment, his reaction is wonderful to see.

9. Kimi Raikkonen wins from 17th – Suzuka 2005

2007 Finnish World Champion Raikkonen wasted no time in moving up the order. In the closing stages he was able to take the lead on the final lap for a historic win.

10. Michael Schumacher’s genius – Spain 1996

In a substandard Ferrari, Schumacher nonetheless dominated the rain soaked Spanish Grand Prix to take his first win for Ferrari. His genius is well documented here. Schumacher was another driver who contributed vast amounts to charity work. Currently overcoming a severe head injury, the world wishes him a strong recovery.

11. Jim Clark’s legacy

Clark was renowned for his clinical driving style and humble nature, as British commentator Murray Walker recalls here.

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12. Jackie Stewart at the Nurburgring

The three times World Champion demonstrates, vividly, how terrifying the 14 mile Nurburgring circuit was in the 1970s. The circuit was nicknamed “The Green Hell”.

13. Francois Cevert – “The Most Exciting Man in France”

The dashing Cevert endeared himself to everyone, and over 40 years after his tragic fatal accident he is fondly remembered by the F1 community. Despite his brief life he achieved a great deal, living his life to the full and leaving behind a, frustratingly, unfulfilled legacy.

14. Lewis Hamilton wins his first World Championship – Brazil 2008

During an exceptionally tense race, Hamilton and Felipe Massa fought for the title. It all came down to the final few seconds, with Massa charmingly magnanimous in defeat.

15. Juan Manuel Fangio – Monaco 1950s

This remarkable footage shows the Argentinian legend onboard at the famous Monaco principality. Open cockpits, no seatbelts, and goggle visors. Extraordinarily dangerous, but a combination of incredible skill and bravery assisted the drivers of this era.

16. Alex Zanardi remarkable recovery

Zanardi was unsuccessful in F1, but won titles in American motorsport. He suffered a terrible crash in a CART race in late 2001 in which he lost his legs. Despite nearly dying, he has since overcome all obstacles and returned to racing. He even won a Gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics. He wrote about his traumatic experience in his autobiography.

17. Professor Sid Watkins’ Services To Safety

The renowned neurosurgeon Sid Watkins was drafted into F1 in the 1970s to improve safety. His extensive work with the FIA has gone beyond F1 and impacted enormously on the road car industry, improving car safety the world over. His work continues to save many millions of lives each year. His book, Life on the Limit, details his inspirational work in F1.

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18. Jenson Button wins – Montreal 2011

Having endured a nightmare of a race, in the closing stages McLaren star Button surged up the order and was able to take the lead on the final lap. This fitting montage from the BBC’s coverage highlights a classic Grand Prix; an example to all of us to never give up.

19. The bizarre 1982 Monaco GP

A chaotic final few laps defined the very best of Formula One at Monte Carlo. A light downpour of rain tested the world’s best drivers to the limit, with dramatic results.

20. F1 in London – 2004

England’s capital was closed off in 2004 for an F1 demonstration run (including a dash through Piccadilly Circus). 500,000 people lined the streets to see the exceptional technology in action, a vivid demonstration of F1’s ability to inspire.

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How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

How Communication Skills Help Your Success

Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

Create a Positive Experience

Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

Help Leadership Skills

It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

Build Better Teams

Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

1. Listen

Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

2. Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

Here is a good way to think about it:

Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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3. Minimize

I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

4. Over Communicate

So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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5. Body Language

The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

Conclusion

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

Now go communicate your way to success.

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