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23 Oct

Jam on the brakes, or make the most of the situation?

Datum: 2009-10-23 19:38

The oth­er day, I went down to Comwell Var­bergs Kurort to give a talk to a com­pa­ny found­ed sev­en­ty years ago. I guess that, when you have been around as long as sev­en­ty years, you have expe­ri­enced both ups and downs. Then, there’s a high prob­a­bil­i­ty that you have a sound per­spec­tive of what hap­pens today. It was obvi­ous that this com­pa­ny had just that.

They told me that the last four, five years have been extreme­ly intense in their oper­a­tion, so intense that they almost haven’t had time to stop and reflect. Instead, they have had full speed ahead. Just like for many oth­er com­pa­nies, their days are now some­what calmer. But, instead of jam­ming on the brakes and hold­ing their breaths in pan­ic, hop­ing that the reces­sion will soon be over, they make the most of the sit­u­a­tion at hand.

My con­tact, H, said:

We pre­pare for the speed to soon pick up and for the inten­si­ty to return. There­fore, we now stop and reflect on how we might make our organ­i­sa­tion more effi­cient. Then we will stand even stronger when the speed returns. Because, we are sure it does. Soon.”

This engi­neer­ing depart­ment that I gave my talk to, had gath­ered a day at Comwell Var­bergs Kurort to brain­storm and col­lab­o­rate around pos­si­ble pro­duc­tiv­i­ty improve­ments in their dai­ly work at the office. At the end of the day, they had invit­ed me to share con­crete and prac­ti­cal tips on how to enhance your per­son­al struc­ture while work­ing togeth­er with others.

After that, it was time to enjoy the spa.

These dai­ly encoun­ters with a wide vari­ety of com­pa­nies are tru­ly a source of inspi­ra­tion for me.