Outdated Perception #4. Speed Is Dangerous

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This is one of the five outdated perceptions I discuss in my new book, 7 Principles of Transformational Leadership: Create A Mindset of Passion, Innovation and Growth. You can read more in The Perseverance Principle.

Outdated perception #4: Speed is dangerous

In the world of automobile racing speed is the name of the game. The person who can go around the track the fastest and cross the finish line ahead of their competitors is the winner. Racecar drivers in turn go the fastest they can by being right on the edge of speed and safety. They are not afraid of going fast. As a matter of fact they are continually looking for ways to go faster, not in foolish or reckless ways, but in ways that are right on the edge.

Spectators may find motorsports exhilarating to watch, but when given the opportunity to experience the speed of automobile racing up close and personal, the spectator squeals like a five year old girl who just saw a mouse in her bedroom.

And yet, speed is the new currency in the world of work. $10 million can be transferred from one financial institution to another in the click of a mouse. Customer perceptions can change in an instant if an employee’s reaction time to a problem or issue is too slow.

But far too many employees fear speed because they see speed as reckless, as imperfect and undesirable. They feel this way because they are metaphorically driving on the racetrack of work not in a Formula One racing care, but in the family minivan. You too would feel out of control racing in a minivan.

New Perception: Redefine speed as dangerous only if the vehicle and racecourse your driving on are mismatched. Discuss what new skill set, mindset, equipment, processes and systems are required to decrease the time to market for new products or increase the response time for key customers. Have a bias for consistent and persistent action. Redefine what the costs are for slower speed and what the payoffs are for faster speed.

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