Direction more important than pace

In principle, moving quickly often seems like a good idea, but moving quickly in the wrong direction simply gets you to the wrong place fast. Most groups have a high need for quick achievement. We have all heard someone say, “Enough talk, let’s just do something!” And we have all seen groups charge off quickly and with much enthusiasm…in the wrong direction.

Practical Tip: Even when under pressure to accomplish something in a hurry, resist the temptation to achieve a quick, although possibly shabby, result. Quality group decisions, like anything of quality, require up-front investment. Determine your objective before springing into action. Spend some time planning. Read the directions. Check out the map. As Bob Dylan says in Hard Rain, “I know my song well before I start singing.” No matter how slowly you go, if you are headed in the right direction you might eventually get there.

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