Are You Choosing “Fake Efficiency”?

"Leadership Tip: Don't fall victim to fake efficiency. Be the tortoise, not the hare" - with a picture of a tortoise.

“I don’t have time to talk to everyone, I have to get it done now!”

“But that amount of communication is going to slow down the entire process…”

“If we need to address all of those things, we’ll never get anything done around here…”

So often we trick ourselves into choosing “fake efficiency.”

We rush through the process.  And deal with the consequences later. 

When we don’t give people the opportunity to express and explore their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions in advance, we deal with those thoughts, concerns, and suggestions later.

In the “meeting after the meeting” (that we’re normally not invited to).

In the (usually silent) protesting actions (or lack of action).

In the persistent firefighting.

Not talking about the concerns doesn’t make them go away, it makes them fester and grow.

We benefit from expanding our view of efficiency – realizing it’s about the entire process, not just the start.   Often, slowing down now lets us speed up later.

Take the time to ask questions, explore answers, and prevent problems, rather than being blinded by and drowning in them later on.