Moving fast is only an advantage if you are moving in the right direction.

Until you are moving in the right direction, you are only getting to the wrong place at whatever pace you are moving, if you are moving at all.

The pace of change is increasing exponentially. It’s moving faster than most people and organizations can identify and adapt to.

Decisions made yesterday are overturned today. Organizations and the people working within them fibrilate, and become almost catatonic in their ability to respond effectively.

How do you respond and adapt to the new elements, features and technologies that didn’t exist last year, last month, last week, yesterday or a few hours ago?

The price of perfection, or even the price of good enough is too high if you aren’t on the train when it leaves the station. So how do you insure quality and survivability in your products and services?

What “new idea” or fad will you adopt to hit that home run that will take your organization over the top? Maybe you’ll settle for a slow-and-steady incremental approach that takes time but delivers sustained improvement. Are we still moving in the right direction?

These are many of the dilemmas we face today as we grind through our daily adventures in commerce.

I think by now it is clear that activity for activity’s sake can be counter-productive. But not moving fast enough allows opportunity to slide out of our reach. How do we distinguish good activity from bad activity?

Fortunately, there are answers to these questions and solutions to these problems. And they start with Vision, Mission and Values.

More on Vision, Mission and Values in future posts.