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Chaos Rules

January 12, 2012

I’ve got a friend who works in an industry-leading organization where the motto might as well be “We’ve got the need for speed.”  Everything, and I mean everything, moves at a rapid go-go-pace.  Business units are shut down, people are moved, and resources are deployed – stat.  Large-scale initiatives are dreamed up one day and implemented 10 days later.  Meetings with all the necessary players are scheduled for “10 minutes from now;” plans are put on hold, vacations are cancelled.  “All hands on deck –  there’s no time to waste people!”

Chaos rules.

I have another friend who works in a much more sedate (and also very successful) organization where the motto might as well be “Don’t worry, be happy.”  No one is in too much of a rush about anything; deadlines (daily, weekly, monthly) are met on a smooth timeline without too much fuss or bother.  Plans for expansion or changes or resource deployment are mulled over, put on hold, and revisited several months down the road.  Far-reaching initiatives are little teapots filled with thought-bubbles that percolate on the back-burner of someone’s mind….sometimes for years.  Meetings are calm and predictable with minimal off-the-chart agenda items.  “We’ll get to it one day people; and you’ll know about it when you need to know it.”

Chaos rules.


Now I can’t imagine either of these two people swapping jobs/companies.  While each of them periodically, in somewhat wistful tones, talks about their desire for a slower faster different pace, they’re somewhat used to being in organizations that operate in an extreme way.  Would they be able to adjust to a radically different pace and way of getting things done?  I can’t see it.  Nor, would I guess, that they deep-down truly want something radically different from what they have.

Which got me to thinking about my ideal state of chaos.

I guess, when all is said and done,  I’m just like the average American voter. Hanging in the middle.


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  1. January 12, 2012 9:34 am

    Robin, I like this. Clearly CHAOS is in the eye of the beholder. I think many of us have worked in both environments – and also recognize that both environments might be the same organization at different times. As long as our situations are working for us, then we are in the right place. When they stop working, then it is time to do something about it. We always have the power to vote with our feet! Thanks!
    Mallary Tytel

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