Every individual has a pace at which they prefer to work. Of course it can vary given the circumstances. We can pick up the tempo in a crisis, or slow down when faced with uncertainty. But there is a rhythm that feels most natural to us and, often, folks that consistently work faster or slower than we do can frustrate us.
Organizations are similar. Some are constantly on the balls of their feet, poised for action, working briskly through issues, taking risks, experimenting. When a new opportunity arises, they are ready to pounce. They’re passionate–and in a hurry–to be part of the next big thing.
Others are at the other end of the spectrum. They sit back and observe. They are cautious, timid even, moving deliberately to scope the situation out. They’re more afraid to make a mistake than to fall behind. They constantly need to be pushed into making any meaningful change.
There are problems with going too fast, just as there can be issues with going too slow. This clip from Whiplash brilliantly illustrates that one challenge is knowing and accepting your tempo.
In case you haven’t notice, the pace of innovation is accelerating. Customer expectations are being transformed, seemingly overnight. Whole industries are being disrupted like never before.
Which is why it’s a good time for a tempo check.
And when in doubt, it’s probably better to rush, than drag.