- If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job…
By Chipp Norcross
“If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job.”
When a team has not created a solution they are satisfied with, blaming the time constraint they were forced to work within is the easy way out, rather than blaming themselves for not making the most of the time they had together.
More time can make us lazy, less rigorous, less focused. If our approach to solving a problem equates to stumbling around in the dark until we trip over a solution, then sure, more time is going to be a benefit.
We all have time constraints we work within and in reality it is the lack of a shared problem-solving methodology that makes many meetings look like an NBA game: Not much happens until the last two minutes. Somebody wins. Somebody loses.
Communication is often the same way. Doubling the time a speaker has will result in a doubling of the words used, but it will rarely double the message. It often reduces the message as it becomes less crisp, less clear.
Let’s be rigorous in our actions and see what happens. Think about what we want to say and what we want to do and create a plan (ahead of time) to get the job done. To paraphrase Seth Godin, start with the intent to finish. We might be surprised what we are capable of doing, in a short amount of time!