Saturday, November 04, 2017

When Hesitation is an Ally

Don't rush me.

Fear can paralyze but it can also spark action. In a severe emergency, swift action may be the only logical response. Unfortunately, in less urgent situations, fear often causes people to rush off and make mistakes in the assumption that any action is better than delayed action. They think of delay as a prolonged and bureaucratic process despite the fact that several hours might be sufficient to decide upon a solid strategy.

I've seen this in organizations where few options are considered and a charismatic person pushes one solution. People are so eager to fend off trouble and back a leader that they quickly support a course that borders on the mediocre and sometimes even the mindless.

There are moments when Secretary of State George P. Shultz's admonition - "Don't just do something. Stand there." - makes a lot of sense.

[Photo by Samuel Castro at Unsplash]

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