Speed as a habit

By Dave Girouard via firstround.com   Article

“I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business.All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic — if not the defining characteristic — of the leader in virtually every industry you look at. … Google is fast. General Motors is slow. Startups are fast. Big companies are slow. …

What are the building blocks of speed? When you think about it, all business activity really comes down to two simple things: Making decisions and executing on decisions. Your success depends on your ability to develop speed as a habit in both.

MAKING DECISIONS

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.

General George Patton said that, and I definitely subscribe to it. Do you remember the last time you were in a meeting and someone said, ‘We’re going to make this decision before we leave the room’? How great did that feel? Didn’t you just want to hug that person? …

EXECUTING DECISIONS

A lot of people spend a whole lot of time refining their productivity systems and to-do lists. But within the context of a team and a business, executing a plan as quickly as possible is an entirely different concept. Here’s how I’ve learned to execute with momentum. Challenge the when. …

It’s not that everything needs to be done NOW, but for items on your critical path, it’s always useful to challenge the due date. All it takes is asking the simplest question: ‘Why can’t this be done sooner?’ Asking it methodically, reliably and habitually can have a profound impact on the speed of your organization.”

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