Author: Nelson Coulter
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.