Total Competition by Ross Brawn

Total Competition carries the sub-title ‘Lessons in strategy from Formula One’. The book, for the most part concerns the career history of Formula One designer, technical director and team principle, Ross Brawn. The amount of Formula One related content is unfortunately a bit too high to recommend this book to anyone who isn’t interested in the sport. And this is a shame, because although I doubt the book’s premise of being about strategy, I did find it to be one of the best I’ve read on the subject of leadership. I should mention that Adam Parr is really the author of this book and he doesn’t hide that. He will be known to F1 fans as a former CEO of Williams, but he had a long history of management outside F1 before that. The book is based on a series of conversations Parr had with Brawn, which the intention of them becoming this book, after Brawn left the Mercedes F1 team in 2003. After his time at Williams, Parr decided to exercise his interest in strategy by writing a doctoral thesis. I think it’s an obsession with Sun Tzu and others that let to him framing his discussions with Brawn...