What need does speed satisfy? LO18117

Richard C. (learnshops@thresholds.com)
Sun, 17 May 1998 21:01:39 -0700

Replying to LO18100 --

This is an interesting point, Simon. You reminded me of the way
"surprise" works in our lives. Our eyes open widely, to focus on the
point of our surprise and to survey the "big picture." Our emotional
response pauses briefly, as our automatic reflexes wait for the data to
determine whether flight, hiding or fighting is the appropriate response.
In either case, speed will be of the essence--but speed without assessment
may be the death of us. (my thanks to Daniel Goleman--though the
interpretation is mine).


Simon Buckingham wrote:

> Speed is important, but focused speed is essential. Before ruthlessly
> focusing on and pursuing an opportunity, it is necessary to take a step
> back and achieve perspective and view the opportunity in a wider context.
> Once you have decided that the opportunity is one that will have positive
> effects for you such as you will learn from it, then speed becomes
> essential in executing the task and maximizing the potential for success.
> If the opportunity is not in fact anything special, then the speed could
> simply be energy wasted. As such, speed does kill- the only question is
> what it kills- all doubts, all competitors, or yourself!

"Do not fight too much with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of
war."  -Napoleon Bonaparte

Thresholds--developing critical skills for living organizations Richard C. "Doc" Holloway Olympia, WA ICQ# 10849650 Please visit our new website, still at <http://www.thresholds.com/> <mailto:learnshops@thresholds.com>

Learning-org -- Hosted by Rick Karash <rkarash@karash.com> Public Dialog on Learning Organizations -- <http://www.learning-org.com>