Projects run best at high speed. They thrive on a rapid flow of information. They need high energy engagement and momentum to maintain progress. They require a huge amount of activity aligned and coordinated towards the objective.
Relationships run best at low speed. We need time to percolate our thoughts. We need a slower flow of information so that we can connect internally at the heart level. We need time to build trust and security with each other.
Today, I experienced one of the most productive project meetings of recent memory. We covered a lot of ground at high speed and built huge momentum towards our goals and objectives. Everyone left the room with purpose and direction. But – after the meeting was over – the core team had to close the door and ask each other “are we good?” We slowed down and took another hour to correct misunderstandings, check our heart alignment, and give value to each other. We made sure that nothing was damaged by the high speed of the prior meeting. We deepened our trust in one another.
Can you “gear down” after a high speed meeting to protect the relationships you value? Beware of racing out of one meeting and into the next one without checking to make sure your relationships are protected. You don’t want to discover down the road that fractures were left unhealed.
Thanks for listening.