I'm a huge car guy. I've been in love with cars since I was a wee tot. I'm not incredibly picky when it comes to brands and such. If it's a good car, it's a good car. There are certain brands that I frown upon, but even those usually have a car or two that I respect thoroughly. However, there is one brand in particular that I've been enamored with for as long as I can remember. Porsche. It's a brand so thick with history, tradition and engineering magic that it tears at my heartstrings. My first toy car was a red Porsche 930 911 Turbo with the infamous whale tail spoiler and Fuch wheels. It was one of those pull-back cars that flies across the room before smashing into a piece of random furniture, flips over and you hear the drive wheels spinning furiously as it lies helplessly on its roof. I played with that car till the little motor broke, but it's still in a box in my parent's basement. That's just one of many though. I've got all kinds of Porsche toys from my childhood, and I still buy them today. I've got a collection of Porsche Hot Wheels that I cherish greatly. The super awesome Lego 911 GT3 RS in my office was probably the greatest gift my wife has ever given me (besides my kids, of course). I stayed up till 2:00am the night I got it putting all 638 pieces together. It was magical...
Part of my borderline unhealthy obsession with Porsche, is my love for it's history. It's got almost 85 years of truly fascinating stories. One of my favorite stories was about a race car Porsche created in the late 60s, the 917. The 917 has been called the greatest race car in history. It was a gorgeous 12-cylinder monster that was built to race in Le Mans, one of the most grueling racing series in the world. The car is legendary in the racing world. It was so good, that it was eventually banned from racing in Le Mans (seriously). Later examples from the 70s had 1500hp, could reach 250mph, and do 0-60 in less than two seconds. That's insane by even today's standards. The car was even the subject of one of the most awesome automotive movies ever, "Le Mans", staring the coolest dude in existence, Steve McQueen.
Anyway, if you aren't familiar with motor sports, the FIA is basically a governing body for the leading motoring organizations. F1, the World Rally Championship and the World Endurance Championship (which includes Le Mans) are just a few of the series that they preside over. They are notorious for having the strictest standards for things like safety. They are also notorious for changing and creating ludicrous rules with little to no notice before and even during a racing season. There have been many times where racing teams have to drop out of the season because of this craziness. I won't go too much into it, but motor sports have a heap load of politics going on behind the scenes.
The reason I mention the FIA is because back in the day, in order to race in certain categories, the FIA required homologation of the cars. This basically means the race car had to based on a production sports car. The minimum back then was 25 cars had to be made to fit the bill. There was a bit of a loophole though. The rules didn't say the cars had to be complete. All Porsche had to do was produce enough parts to create 25 vehicles, but take their time putting them together. This allowed them to focus on the racing and not on building street cars. However, in true FIA fashion, the rules were changed 3 weeks before the start of racing season for Le Mans. The FIA stated that all 25 cars had to be 100% complete in order to be truly homologated. This may not sound like a big deal, but this was the 60s and these cars were build by hand by a few members of the racing team. The engine alone took over 160 hours to put together. Porsche was in big trouble. Dr. Porsche met with the team, and they decided that they were going to get it done. They enlisted the help of everyone. Bookkeepers, apprentices, messenger boys, office people, everyone. If they could hold a wrench, they were building these cars. This larger team pulled it off, and completed all 25 917s just in time. These 25 cars were coined as "secretary cars" because they even had secretaries building them.
How MediCopy Runs Like a 917
The reason I'm telling you this story is because teamwork in a small business is vital to keep going and keep it growing. It doesn't matter what you do at MediCopy, everyone plays an important role in the company. Everyone is building this 917 we call MediCopy. I think we here do a pretty awesome job at teamwork, and based on the last staff meeting, I think that a good number of others here feel the same way. When I started almost 5 years ago, there was less than 10 people in the office. Everyone pitched in to get stuff done. The push on Fridays was to see if we could finish all the work and leave early. This was before the hamster wheel of never-ending EMR, so it was very possible to get to 100% by the end of Friday.
As we've grown, the workload has definitely grown, but the attitude and culture around teamwork as stayed the same. That's a pretty fantastic thing to have. Everytime someone here helps another person out, they learn something new, they gain trust with the other person, and they contribute to making MediCopy a better place to work.
*On a side note about quality: While the story of everyone pitching in to build the first 25 917s is inspirational, the construction of these was so bad, all but two had to be to completely rebuilt by the race team later on. So, we at MediCopy must make sure that when we are pitching in, we are always doing it to build the company with precision and quality. Cheers!