Time and efficiency are not the same thing. Time efficiency probably sounds a lot more like productivity. Is faster better, less risky, and more meaningful? Unlikely.
It is always a race against a clock.
We needed this yesterday.
Must be done now.
It’s true, time does cost. Yet, so does a lack of clarity, errors made in haste, and inferior quality.
Vloggers sometimes speed up their final product, a time-lapse of sorts, get through the slow spots faster. Someone might fast forward through the commercials of a recorded television show. Install a Chrome browser extension to speed up viewing of video content. Is it the same experience for everyone?
Of course, it isn’t.
People have different life experiences, different listening and perception skills, and even a pace that feels just right.
Some people walk faster, others slower. Read faster, read slower. Enjoy the moment longer, or skip the moment altogether.
The result? Like most things in life there is a sweet spot in the middle. Outliers tend to exist on either end of the continuum.
Time management matters but it is more than just streamlining a schedule.
Finished first is important, but a nice-looking boat that won’t float has much less value.
For workplace leaders, sometimes you have to go slow, to go fast.
A team pushed too far will have more mistakes, more waste, and increased issues with quality. Worse, when the team learns more about the metric used for measurement and the pressure is high, integrity starts to slip.
A team member falling behind is often skipped rather than supported. It’s a harmful cultural scenario that applies more pressure to top performers as they make up for lagging contributors. Eventually, top performers burn out, feel abused and misused.
Individuals and organizations often need more time efficiency.
That often starts with more patience. Get everyone onboard. Run on all cylinders.
Don’t wait, get started.
The clock is ticking.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.