Lately, I have been thinking about how hurriedly we all feel we have to do things, especially in our work lives. I have long subscribed to the motto “better late than lousy” and yet even I find myself doing things too quickly these days.
The ramifications in our business of writing proposals too quickly (I am constantly telling clients to take their time), reviewing them too quickly and missing important problems as a result, sending material out too quickly without strategizing carefully enough, even reviewing contracts too quickly and overlooking points that we might want to negotiate further could be, indeed, very serious.
This is why I tell my clients, our staff, and most especially myself that we need to slow down and think before we proceed in all of these areas and in our relationships and communications, both professional and personal. I honestly feel we will all be happier and more successful in our lives if we learn, really learn that it is better to be late than lousy.
In what areas do you find yourselves doing things too quickly?