What can we learn from the recent single-car accident involving professional golfer, Tiger Woods?
The incident happened unexpectedly on a known treacherous road. Reports indicate he was on his way to a meeting and traveling at a speed faster than the posted speed limit.
It could have happened to any one of us caught in a situation of suddenly feeling rushed to get somewhere on time. Or to complete an assignment on time.
Remember this: Rushing is a decision, one that often results in a mistake, a disaster, or a disappointment. So instead of racing to a meeting, we could decide to apologize for our tardiness and communicate a late arrival or reschedule completely.
When we get behind preparing for a meeting, we must decide: Do we rush our preparation or postpone the meeting? Cutting short the preparation step could affect decisions being made at the meeting. Or others may think we’re not “on top of our business” as we should be. Negative career consequences could follow.
When a project deadline is fast approaching, we also must decide to rush or delay. But by rushing to complete it on time, we often cut corners or fail to double check the accuracy of our work—and pay a price.
Can you think of situations in your world when you decided to rush and the outcome was less than desired?
Avoid putting yourself in a position of having to decide to rush.
Here are ways to avoid last-minute rushing:
- Anticipate potential obstacles that could get in the way of a successful outcome and plan around them. Traffic delays, distractions, interruptions, inaccurate timelines, broken equipment, a sudden surge in new business, someone else did not come through. The list can go on and on.
- Be more proactive and less reactive—a valuable mindset to develop. Think, plan, act.
- Become obsessively reflective. Ask yourself, “If I had the chance to do that over again, what one action could I have taken to avoid rushing?”
Leaders make plenty of decisions every day. Keep in mind that rushing is a bad decision.