by Nelson Coulter | Oct 18, 2022 | Blog, Thought Leaders

When we create targets — goals, outcomes, expectations — in life or work, we are faced with a series of decisions about how to hit those targets.

Most of those decisions fall into one of two categories:

Speed — How fast and with what intensity are we going to pursue those outcomes?

Accuracy — What variability in achievement/performance levels are we willing to tolerate?

Increased Speed almost always means decreased Accuracy. Increased Accuracy almost always translates into decreased Speed.

Knowing WHY we have chosen the targets is the starting point. When we are very clear about WHY we are trying to achieve whatever it is we deem worthy of our time, effort, and resources, then it’s easier to find the right balance between the Speed at which we pursue it and the Accuracy tolerances we are willing to accept.

If we don’t know the WHY, then neither Speed nor Accuracy matter much — unless all we’re doing is checking off boxes and writing reports.

*If you’d like to read more of nc’s blatherings, go to nc’s Recursive Learning.

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Nelson Coulter has held a lot of titles: rancher, educator, author, musician, entrepreneur, coach, mentor, consultant, and professor. He has coached, taught, and been published in many settings. He has served in public schools of all shapes, sizes, and contexts.  He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University - Shreveport. His most cherished titles, however, are the ones not attached to career identity: son, husband, dad, and granddad.