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TheSteeringColumn
Over the past several issues, it's been my pleasure
and privilege to contribute a series of articles
entitled "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
Autocrossers". The genesis of the series
occurred several years ago. I had volunteered to
coach at a local autocross. The students were
primarily novice drivers who were struggling a
bit. I got in the car, offered a tip or two, and off
we went. As usual, I provided guidance during
the run, both verbal (Left! Right! Looking ahead,
looking ahead... Easy... Enter wide, exit tight...
Gas, gas, gas!) and via hand gestures. After the
run, the expression on the students' faces
conveyed that light-bulb moment. They got it,
and it began to transform not only their driving,
but their enjoyment of the sport. Their epiphany
was my epiphany. I had been seeking a way to
share my enthusiasm and passion for motorsports, and it looked like I had found it. From
that time, I started jotting down my ideas on what
I had learned about driving autocross and track

day events, hoping that some day I would have
the chance to share them in written form.
My inspiration for the title of the series was
Stephen Covey's book, "The Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People", one of the three most
influential books I've ever read.
So, what did Mr. Covey have to say? He
divided his advice into three parts: personal
habits, interpersonal habits, and an overall,
encompassing habit. Here's what he had to say,
in a nutshell.
The "Personal Habits" included beginning
with the end in mind (setting goals), putting first
things first (prioritizing), and being proactive
(taking the initiative).
The "Interpersonal Habits" included seeking
first to understand, then to be understood. In any
interaction, strive to understand the other
person's point of view before trying to get them to
understand yours. People will be more open to
trying to understand you when they see that you

understand them. A corollary is to assume good
intentions on the other party's behalf (unless and
until proven otherwise). Next, Covey described
"thinking win-win". Find solutions that benefit
everyone, not just yourself. Adopt the perspective that life is not a zero-sum game. His interpersonal habits concluded with the advice to
"synergize". The group benefits when each
member of the team contributes based on their
strengths. That's why the whole is greater than
the sum of the parts.
The seventh, encompassing habit was to
"sharpen the saw". Exercise your body and your
mind. Learn continuously. Grow incrementally.
A final thought: Be part of something bigger
than yourself.
Thank you for allowing me to share.
v/r,
Jack Raymond
Editor

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of der Bayerische March/April 2020

Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
November DIY at Bimmer Werks
Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
NEW MEMBERS LIST
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Intro page
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Cover1
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Cover2
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 1
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - THE STEERING COLUMN
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - COMING EVENTS
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 5
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 8
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 9
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 11
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - November DIY at Bimmer Werks
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 14
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 18
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 21
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 24
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - NEW MEMBERS LIST
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