Have you tried hurrying slowly? asks management coach

The other day I saw a sign on the back of a large van that simply said: hurry slowly. It was apt, given the truck was on a busy, clogged street in Christchurch (NZ), one rich with road works, safety cones, one lane and many drivers wanting to be let into the traffic. Despite how keen all the drivers were to get somewhere in a hurry, they couldn’t. the situation was simply, as it was. The only way the drivers could get somewhere, was slowly.

It’s a perfect cameo of what happens in businesses or in our own personal world. On some issues, we may want to hurry them along yet known and unknown constraints may slow us down. All we can do is keep the end goal in sight and hurry slowly towards it, one step at a time.