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!”
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.”
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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