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Publisher's Summary

Total Competition is the most compelling, comprehensive and revealing insight into what it takes to get to the top in Formula One that has ever been published.

Across four decades, Ross Brawn was one of the most innovative and successful technical directors and then team principals in Formula One. Leading Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes, he worked with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to make them world champions. In 2017, he was appointed F1's managing director, motor sports, by the sport's new owners, Liberty Media. Now, in this fascinating book written with Adam Parr (who was CEO and then chairman of Williams for five years), he looks back over his career and methods to assess how he did it and where occasionally he got things wrong.

Total Competition is a definitive portrait of modern motorsport. In the book, Brawn and Parr explore the unique pressures of Formula One, their battles with Bernie Ecclestone and the cut-throat world they inhabited, where coming second is never good enough. This book will appeal not only to the millions of Formula One fans who want to understand how Brawn operates; it will also provide many lessons in how to achieve your own business goals.

©2016 Ross Brawn, Adam Parr (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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  • Marsha
  • Pauma Valley, CA, United States
  • 08-20-17

great insight

Was a great listen for those interested in F1 beyond the glam. Technical insight and strategic philosophy make it worth the time.

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Incredible

awesome insight into the technical aspects of F1, great read for anyone interested in the sport

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Intellectual and brilliant.

I have followed f1 all my life so that is why I bought the book. The lessons here go way beyond f1.

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Practical and consistent

Great summary of process thinking on a strategic level. Good examples and sincere accounts from past three decades. Plenty of lessons to be learned and excellent wrap up by Adam Parr. Good call to have done the book in this collaborative way. Well worth the read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-17

Compelling

Excellent insight into Ross & his approach not just to F1 but in general, thoroughly enjoyable listen & a must listen for anyone in a leadership role

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  • Antonio Fabbricatore
  • 01-23-18

leadership

it is always quite interesting listening to a leader 's experience expecially if in a high competitive environment.

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  • Richard
  • 01-18-18

Every Leader/Manager must read this

Every Leader/Manager must read this.

Strategy, conflict, management are theorised then discussed based on actual experience

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  • Dewsweeper
  • 12-23-17

Fascinating

This was a fascinating book. Brilliant insights into the minds of two incredibly successful people. Highly recommend it.

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  • Mr Richard J Baker
  • 12-13-17

Are You Ambitious? This is MUST READ

Clearly both individuals are educated, shrewd, highly successful, wealthy and well connected. What could they possibly have in common with every day working people striving to reach for better than just paying bills?

Well, their willingness to show their weaknesses, how they feel and responded to challenges are just like so many every day people I have observed over many years.

Once you feel this connection it’s liberating to listen to their strategies to resolve challenges. More significantly their processes to think ahead, foresee the problems and engineer them out. Then, engineer in wins in each step of the process of getting a winning end result. Races are largely won before each race day..

Their style of talking encourages you to adopt these winning strategies. Something I am now doing. Thank You to both authors.

Richard Baker

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  • Sean R.
  • 11-24-17

Fascinating insight a closed world

Well read
Fascinating insight into a closed world
A very honest account of Ross Brawns career
Captivating from start to finish
Highly recommend

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  • Trigueiro Baptista Arthur
  • 11-10-17

excellent book and excellent material/content.

fantastic book about strategy and F1. lessons that can be applied beyond F1. Ross Brawn and Adam Parr really take it to the next level

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  • Barry Griffiths
  • 10-19-17

Insightful for anyone, not just F1 fans

Wonderful analysis on Ross and his definition of strategy, leadership and relationships. Non-F1 fans will enjoy this just as much.

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  • C. Rowley
  • 09-22-17

Most engaging title I've listened to from Audible

Most engaging title I've listened to from Audible. Facinating content. Well read and a gripping conversational style.

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  • Nassir AL-Mualem
  • 04-03-18

How to be successful in a competitive

Amazing how it was described in the book by Ross on how to simplify, acknowledge the situation and over coming it with total success in a very competitive world of Formula 1. THANK YOU ROSS....!

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  • 03-08-18

An in-depth look at a successful businessman.

As a long term f1 follower I found the approach topic fascinating. RB’s insight and candid discussion was interesting given his success and AP’s interview style and insightful questions and observations created depth. Thanks