‘I feel the need… the need for speed!’ so goes the famous line by fighter pilot Maverick and his buddy Goose in the 1986 film Top Gun.
And following suit, 25 years later we’ve become a society obsessed with short-term speed, to the detriment of long-term planning – a metaphorical nation of hares, eschewing the qualities of the tortoise!
So what’s the driver of this need for speed?
For many companies, it’s their limited perspective of time and space – their focus on the here and now, and ignorance of the there and then.
We obsess over minutes, hours, days and weeks, whilst paying scant regard to years and decades.
And here lies the source of the problem.
This short-term, blinkered approach to time and space is leaving businesses vulnerable to the vast amount of change that is building just outside their scope of vision.
When it does arrive, this change inevitably catches them by surprise, disrupting existing plans, and forcing a company-wide panic mode. This ensures the perpetual need for speed, and so the cycle continues…
So how do you break this cycle? How can you slow down time?
By broadening your perceptions of time and space; extending your planning horizon, and widening your scanning sources.
After all, as futurist Joel Barker writes, ‘Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction’.
Read more about reclaiming time here