Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Freight Train
Do You Run Full Speed Ahead? Are you the leader who is really a freight train in disguise? You speed through everything and hope that everyone is on board. You wonder why, at the end of the line, that the train has lost it's load or the cars have been left behind and you are there alone?
It is easy in this life to move quickly. Especially in our work lives. Take a few minutes to examine how fast you are going and what you may be missing.
Does Haste replace of quality?
Do you create a Flurry of activity and not necessarily progress?
Is it Necessary to win every battle, not letting others feel listened to?
Do I look at my priorities or my stake, or involvement only and not the impact on others or for their input?
Do I Weigh my plate before accepting or adding more?
Do I Keep a project planner and balance it?
Do I move to completion before all ends are securely tied up, just because the due date it here?
Do I Get all obstacles eliminated before I say I am finished?
Do I ask for and Clean up every last question?
The questions above could help you slow your pace a little, or at least check in on productivity versus execution. Speed can be beneficial if taken with the diligence that is required to create good work. Speed is not to be confused with sense of urgency....that is an attitude and mind-set, not a velocity