High-Performance at Half-Effort

Are you or your organization running on “all cylinders” all the time? Do you need to be? Perhaps not, if a conceptual lesson on engine performance can be effectively borrowed from the auto industry and applied to organizations.

The article Firing on Half-Cylinders in the December Scientific American discusses the design of 8-cylinder engines that can switch from

V-8 gas guzzlers into V-4 fuel misers and back again as required. Laying off the accelerator pedal shuts down unneeded engine cylinders, which allows the reamining ones to operate a higher thermal and mechanical efficiencies. The result is 6 to 20 percent better fuel economy, depending on how the vehicles are driven.

[T]he system engages wshen a computer determines that an eight-cylinder engine can satisfy a driver’s torque demands with only four…. It then deactivates every other cylinder in the firing order by disabling their engine valves…(with more of the technical details that are not relevant here).

Author: gBRETTmiller

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