Creative Leadership

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome.  In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill.  Then, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius eventually stepped down in large part because the Obamacare website was rushed to completion before it could be tested and proven.

When writing my book “Jolt: Get The Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing,” I realized that today, we live in a culture of haste. Every new web browser update has to be faster, new laptops must have ever faster processors, and delivery dates are moved up – even if the software or product needs multiple fixes after it’s released.

I’m a big fan of innovation and progress, but I wonder if that sense of haste has invaded our personal relationships. I see it taking it toll on our friendships, spiritual life, and fulfillment. (When was the last time you had lunch with a friend that wasn’t distracted by your mobile device?) We think every email, text, or phone message has to be returned now.

In government, business, and nonprofit work, speed is good, but great execution is better. Slow down, focus on quality, not speed. Give your team the time to make it work, and work right. Make sure your deadlines are realistic.

Don’t undermine your vision because you don’t have the patience for excellence.

When was the last time your team was pushed to the point your project failed?

 

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  1. Speed is good…unless you forget to fill up the car.

    – This is a matter of planning…having a strategy… but I wonder if it’s also a problem of not knowing how to finish? – I have learnt (the hard way) about the importance of finishing. – When I can see the finish line I get bored and want to move on to the next project…I HATE finishing…(I’m the guy that get’s things started), but I’ve learnt the importance of pushing through and completing the race. – and though that process, I’ve also learnt the JOY of finishing.

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