This summer, we spent two weeks watching the Olympics, admiring speed: the fastest runners, swimmers, tennis players. It’s customary in business to imagine that the race is to the swift; Fast Company magazine famously celebrates speed as does Tom Peters with his ‘Ready, Aim, Mantra.’ I used to love speed too but, increasingly, I’m starting to wonder if fast is always the best way to do business. I’ve visited a number of companies recently that openly acknowledge they can be slow, but they think that makes for better, more considered, decisions. And now that I’ve read Frank Partnoy‘s marvelous new book Wait, I’m less inclined to hurry than ever.
- Lessons In Productive Procrastination (fastcompany.com)
- Why Procrastination is Good for You (smithsonianmag.com)
- Why You Should Wait, Think–and Only Then Execute Furiously (inc.com)