Armin Lindholm, Managing Director, Interroll Engineering, Wermelskirchen, talks about passion, employee motivation and the example of Formula 1 for perfect process establishment.
Mr. Lindholm, let us focus on performance. What does performance mean to you? How do you handle this subject?
When you want to deliver good performance, and deliver it sustainably, then this in my opinion goes hand in hand with having a lot of passion. You can see this again and again in sports, as well as in the working environment.
Of course, a certain methodology is also important. However, when you add the passion, then you are engaged with a task in order to always bring out the maximum.
Motivation has to be learnt
Only: How to you get this passion? How can the employees be infected?
It was a positive experience from the very beginning. Dieter Specht, one of the two founders, really knew how to motivate his team and to approach the employees. When I started here in 1992, severe changes had to be made. I remember that he announced these changes openly—but at the same time he pointed out perspectives for a great future.
To see what is really possible if one addresses things consistently and if one stays focused—this approach influenced me very much at the time and it has accompanied me for a while. Not only products can be developed, but also entire production sequences.
It is always important to meet people on the same level.