Speed and the Long Arc of Change

by | Jun 28, 2022 | Change, Strategy |


We can be fast, even productive, but still without direction. In fact, this busyness might just be one of biggest diseases of the past few decades. We see it in our personal lives – sprinting from waking till crashing back into bed, but not knowing what we did this past week. We see this in our organisations too. Perhaps no more so than in our desire for all things digital.

It is easy to get caught in the moment or moments, excited, working fast, and later to realise you don’t like where you arrived. We can leave London driving at breakneck speed on the M4, but if we wanted to go to Manchester it will not help.

As we work with organisations, speed is one thing, direction is another. And long term direction or arc is still another. Change happens in the moment, but also has a long arc. And all day to day change, however fast or slow, is part of a long arc – is it the long arc (direction) you want to be moving to?

The choice is up to us.

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin


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